The G7 countries agreed that they should adopt artificial intelligence (AI) regulations that are "risk-based", Reuters reported, quoted by BTA. 

However, the regulations in question must "maintain an open and enabling environment" for the development of the technology and must be based on democratic values, said the joint statement of the G7 ministers responsible for digital technologies, which was issued at the end of their two-day meeting in Japan.

Participants in the forum acknowledged that "policy tools to achieve a common vision and credible forms of AI may vary among G7 member states." However, the agreement marks a milestone in the major countries' approach to AI governance amid concerns about privacy and security risks. 

"The conclusions of this G-7 meeting show that we are definitely not alone in this respect," said European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vesteger, who is responsible for competition policy. 

EU lawmakers have reached a preliminary agreement on a new draft of their upcoming Artificial Intelligence Law, which includes measures to protect copyright.

EU prepares regulation of artificial intelligence technologies

Vestager said before the G7 meeting that the EU "will reach a political agreement this year" on AI copyright legislation, such as obligations to label AI-generated images or music.

Japan, which is the rotating chair of the G7, has pledged support for the societal and industrial deployment of artificial intelligence.

Tokyo hopes to get G7 countries to "reach an agreement on flexible and adaptive governance," Industrial Competitiveness Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.

The meeting of the ministers responsible for digital technologies was held in the city of Takasaki, located about 100 kilometers northwest of Tokyo.

Earlier this month there were meetings of the ministers of energy and foreign affairs of the G7 countries.

Japan will host the G7 summit in Hiroshima at the end of May, where Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will discuss rules on artificial intelligence with world leaders.