EU AI Act: Pioneering global AI governance.

European Parliament committees have provisionally agreed on the EU AI Act, marking a significant step towards regulating artificial intelligence. The Act aims to establish rules for AI systems, including high-risk applications like ChatGPT, and to curb governments' use of biometric surveillance. Passage is expected in April, with implementation slated between 2024 and 2027. Despite overwhelming support, dissenters argue the Act lacks adequate safeguards, especially regarding privacy concerns and potential mass surveillance. Margrethe Vestager underscores the urgency of AI regulation in light of recent incidents, while others suggest the Act may set a global precedent for responsible AI governance, although its impact remains uncertain compared to existing models in the US and China.