“We want to declare projects of general interest that want to come and invest in Extremadura, and that have to do with artificial intelligence.” With these words, the spokesman for the Board, Juan Antonio González, announced this week the approval of the decree law on the Extremadura Artificial Intelligence Strategy. With this regulatory framework, the region becomes the first Spanish community to have a regulatory plan in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
Within the community, all business initiatives involving this type of technology will be declared as “of general interest and priority”, with special emphasis on health, education, employment, tourism and agriculture. The regulation aims to give companies security and take advantage of the job opportunities that are opening up for job seekers in the region with the arrival of these new business models.
The strategy will be approved within a period of nine months, which begin to count from the entry into force of the decree this Wednesday. The contents of the project, which will be prepared by a working group made up of representatives of various Administration bodies and members of private companies, will be in line with the national and European recommendations mainly contained in the Charter of Digital Rights, approved in Spain in July 2021, and in the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Artificial Intelligence.
Automate processes in the Administration
In addition to attracting private investment, the Board plans to incorporate this type of technology also in the public administration in order to “promote effectiveness and efficiency in the provision of public services”, according to the decree. The official document summarizes the objectives to be achieved in three key points: greater efficiency in the management of procedures, reduction of public spending and benefits for Administration employees, although it does not detail specific measures in this regard.
On the other hand, it is planned to increase investment in training plans that help citizens become familiar with this technology and include AI in the training offer for unemployed people. González pointed out that the implementation of this tool will have an item in the next General Budgets of Extremadura. In addition, the procedure intends to take advantage of the financing of the European Next Generation funds.
Appealing to the laws of robotics and European regulations, the spokesman for the Junta de Extremadura stressed the need for technology to be “at the service of the human being and not to use the human being.” In this sense, mechanisms will be implemented to avoid discriminatory biases and to evaluate the selection criteria of the algorithms, thus helping to implement an “ethical” data management.
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