Giuliano Amato resigned from the presidency of the Artificial Intelligence Algorithms Commission after Giorgia Meloni’s conference
Immediate resignation. After Press conference caught by Giorgia Meloni Thursday, January 4, the former prime minister Giuliano Amato he decided to leave presidency from the Algorithms Commission, study group on the impact ofArtificial intelligence (AI) established in October 2023. The Prime Minister underlined how the appointment It was not his initiative, and it was precisely this statement that pushed Amato to leave. However, his background on the subject was not lacking.
Giuliano Amato’s resignation from the Algorithms Commission
In an interview granted to Corriere della SeraGiuliano Amato announced the resignation by the Algorithms Commission.
All with a joke: “What a shame, they lose somethingBut it will make my life easier.”
Amato’s background on the nomination
Amato’s appointment was supported by the undersecretary responsible for information, Alberto Barachini, at the level of Forza Italia: a clash had occurred within the majority, given that Amato’s name would not have been supported by Giorgia Meloni, despite the fact that, as Amato explains, it is “a commission of the Presidency of the Counciland since my appointment does not appear to be an initiative of the Prime Minister, I will certainly step down.”
As reported months ago Futurethe prime minister had complained of being remained in the dark of the election, then seeing the role really assigned to an expert politician, but still linked to the left.
The reconstruction was confirmed in fact during the press conference of January 4 in the Chamber of Deputies:
“I think we know it wasn’t my initiative. and basically I said what I thought, but beyond this I have nothing specific to say to Professor Amato, frankly I was stunned by the statements about the Constitutional Court.”
In fact, the prime minister intertwined two topics: the Algorithms Commission and Amato’s words about it Constitutional court, through which the president emeritus of Consult talked about “democracy at risk“.
Giorgia Meloni added:
“Why does the problem arise? Because by the end of 2024 Parliament must appoint 4 judges to the Constitutional Court and therefore there isa risk of authoritarian drift’. “This idea of democracy according to which when the left wins it should be able to exercise all the prerogatives and when the right does not win, I’m afraid it requires some constitutional changes.”
At this point, however, Amato responds Corriere della Sera:
“But I have not spoken at all about the election of the judges of the Court.. I highlighted another problem, as anyone who has read the interview knows (in Libero Quotidiano, ed.). I spoke about the reception of the Court’s decisions, whoever is elected, and until now in Italy it has never been the Prime Minister who has raised this issue. Other members of your majority started, but you didn’t.”
What is the Algorithms Commission?
The Algorithms Commission, as explained cabling immediately after its creation at the end of October, its goal is cost/benefit evaluation about the application of AI in the publishing market and journalism: from fake images and videos to the use of chatbots to write articles and books, but not only.
Then there is 13 expertsnominated by Alessio Butti undersecretary of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers responsible for innovation: the committee has up to January 31, 2024 develop a series of guidelines in the field of artificial intelligence that will be delivered to Butti himself, one of the exponents of brothers from italy The most listened to by Giorgia Meloni.
The experts are:
- Gianluigi Greek, director of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Calabria: he is the coordinator of the program;
- Viviana Acquaviva, astrophysics;
- Father Paolo Benanti, professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University;
- Guido Boella, vice-rector of the University of Turin;
- Virginio Cantoni, professor emeritus of the University of Pavia;
- Maria Chiara Carrozza, president of the National Research Council;
- Rita Cucchiara, professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia;
- Agostino La Bella, professor at the University of Tor Vergata;
- Silvestro Micera, professor at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne;
- Giuliano Noci, vice-rector of the Milan Polytechnic;
- Edoardo Carlo Rafiotta, constitutional lawyer;
- Ranieri Razzante, Professor of cybersecurity techniques and standards at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University.
- Marco Camisani-Calzolari, disseminator and digital expert, former communication consultant for the Butti team.
However, there is something to do I distinguish.
The commission created by Butti has nothing to do with Alfredo Barachini’s Algorithms Commission: the team that Amato has just left, in fact, will deal with the impact of algorithms on the world of information.
Butti’s seems essentially a duplicate and the fact that it exists could represent further evidence of Giorgia Meloni’s complaints following Barachini’s appointment of Amato.
The Luigi Di Maio Commission in 2018
Among the names chosen by Butti, those of Cucchiara and Benanti stand out, already present among the 60 experts in AI and blockchain summoned by Luigi Di Maio in 2018, when he was Minister of Economic Development.
That commission developed a national plan on algorithms in 2021, recommending research and application of AI by strengthening relationships between public and private universities and research centers, but also testing applications of AI by repealing common standards in a limited space , even investing in training.
Two years after that national plan, another Commission: we are at the starting point.
Who is Father Paolo Benanti, the new president replacing Amato
And Father Benanti himself was chosen by Barachini as the new president of the AI Information Commission, as Barachini announced on Friday, January 5.
Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he is the only Italian member of the Artificial Intelligence Committee from the ONU.
“In these months of work I have been able to learn about his competence and his balance. That’s why I’m honored that he accepted the position. We return to work after the Christmas holidays with confidence and with the desire to quickly prepare a first report to present to Prime Minister Meloni and my colleague Butti,” explained the undersecretary, quoted byDrive.