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“America innovates, China replicates, Europe regulates” applies more than ever

“America innovates, China replicates, Europe regulates” applies more than ever

In short. Europe is losing the battle with the US on artificial intelligence and China on electric vehicles, but is leading the regulatory world. The European economy is struggling not only because of regulations, but also because of issues ranging from demographics to energy costs. American regulators tend to act when there is evidence of harmful problems, while European regulators tend to act based on its likelihood. This precautionary principle can stifle innovation.

Why is this important?

This situation highlights an important dilemma for Europe: how to strike a balance between consumer protection and encouraging innovation and investment? Although the EU leads the world in regulation in many areas, such as data privacy and carbon emissions, this heavy-handed regulatory approach could stifle investment in innovation and technological development, leaving Europe behind its American and Chinese rivals.

In the message. The European Union has released a comprehensive draft law that would ban some types of AI, strictly restrict others and impose hefty fines on violators. Europe therefore takes the lead in regulation without taking into account the impact of innovation.

  • Europe's stricter regulations, aimed at protecting competition and consumers, may limit investments in innovation. Examples of this are restrictions on connections that have led to fragmented mobile phone networks.
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