A committee of the European Parliament votes on new regulations for AI factories.


Europe wants to foster domestic AI innovation. Nevertheless, this calls for a lot of processing power. In addition to being scarce in comparison to the anticipated surge in demand, the supply of data centers with supercomputers focused on training AI models—dubbed AI factories by EU policymakers—is also concentrated in the hands of a small number of companies.

Policymakers turned to the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), which intends to develop eight networked supercomputers across member states, to address these market challenges and create accessible AI factories.

The committee approved proposed changes to the EuroHPC JU today, with an emphasis on AI applications. The vote on these amendments is scheduled for April 24 during the plenary session in Strasbourg, though it could be postponed.The modifications also aim to increase the energy efficiency of AI data centers and lessen their environmental impact by conducting impact evaluations that consider the complete life cycle of the supercomputers.

The AI Act was passed last week with the intention of promoting innovation and ensuring the safe development of technology. Technology such as AI factories are essential to the legislation’s innovation objectives.

“We’re covered for infrastructure. Maria da Graça Carvalho, a Portuguese member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the amendments’ rapporteur, stated before the committee today that “we also need to invest in training.”

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