Big Tech execs say Europe’s new AI law could stifle innovation

  • Amazon and Meta executives believe AI fears are exaggerated and EU’s new AI rules could hinder innovation.
  • The EU AI Act bans unacceptable uses of AI, like social scoring, and requires transparency for high-risk applications.
  • Yann LeCun and Werner Vogels argue that excessive regulation could stifle AI development and innovation in Europe.

While relevant regulations are seen as unnecessary and may stifle innovation from some big tech execs’ point of view, I believe that it is reasonable to be cautious, especially when it comes to AI.
–Audrey Huang, BTW reporter

Amazon and Meta executives have expressed concerns that the European Union’s new AI regulations may impede innovation and R&D investment. The EU AI Act, sets strict rules on AI use, banning certain applications and demanding transparency for high-risk areas.

Whether the AI regulation is excessive?

Amazon and Meta executives, including Yann LeCun and Werner Vogels, have voiced their concerns about the potential negative impact of the EU’s new AI regulations on innovation. They argue that while some regulation is necessary, overregulation could stifle the growth of AI technologies in Europe.

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EU AI Act overview

The EU AI Act aims to regulate the use of AI in various sectors in Europe, from healthcare to law enforcement. It prohibits certain uses of AI, such as social scoring, and has transparency requirements for high-risk applications like education and hiring.

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Industry leaders’ perspectives

Yann LeCun, Meta’s AI chief, questions whether AI research and development should be regulated at all, suggesting that current AI technology is not as advanced or dangerous as some fear. Werner Vogels, Amazon’s CTO, emphasises the need for balanced regulation that allows for innovation in low-risk areas while managing risks in high-impact sectors. Both leaders support a regulatory approach that allows continued innovation and R&D in Europe.


Audrey Huang

Audrey Huang is an intern news reporter at Blue Tech Wave. She is interested in AI and startup stories. Send tips to

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