The European Commission (EC) presented a set of rules on Wednesday to combat the abuse of artificial intelligence (AI).
Brussels is drawing up a number of rules explaining how companies and governments should deal with the technology.
It is the first time that a world power has drawn up rules on this.
Among other things, the EC wants strict rules for smart systems that assess, for example, asylum applications, exams and CVs.
The European Union hopes to use the rules to set out guidelines for global action.
“We can pave the way for ethical technology around the world,” said Vice President Margrethe Vestager.
The daily administration of the EU wants to classify forms of artificial intelligence according to the danger they pose to the rights of citizens.
For example, "unacceptably dangerous" technology must be banned.
This includes, for example, toys that can incite children to dangerous behavior.
If it is up to the committee, there will be strict rules for artificial intelligence that poses a high risk.
For example, the data with which these systems work must be in perfect order to prevent people from being wronged.
It must also be possible to find out how a computer came to a certain conclusion and people must always continue to carry out checks.
Clarity when people chat with a computer
Less risky technology, such as the chatbots that many organizations use to speak to visitors, must comply with rules.
For example, it must always be clear that not a person, but smart software or a robot is speaking.
"In artificial intelligence, trust is not a joke, but a requirement," Vestager emphasizes.
Within those safe bounds, artificial intelligence must flourish in the EU, is the intention.
After all, the technology contains "immense promise", says EU Commissioner Thierry Breton (Internal Market).
That is why the EU must "become a global hub for excellence in artificial intelligence, from the lab to the market".
The Frenchman wants to invest money and energy in this, so that more talents arise, and that researchers and companies can find each other and are given the space.
The EC's proposals still have to be assessed by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
The new legislation is not expected to enter into force until a few years from now.