20 February 2024

Big Tech AI Infrastructure Scrutiny by EU Antitrust Chief

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager warns of deeper scrutiny into Big Tech's AI infrastructure, emphasizing the impact of AI on merger control policy.

Big Tech AI Infrastructure Tie-Ups Set for Deeper Scrutiny, Says EU Antitrust Chief

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's antitrust chief, emphasized the need for careful scrutiny of the AI impact in Big Tech mergers and operations. Highlighting the importance of assessing vertical integration and potential 'algorithmic collusion,' her statement indicates a move towards more rigorous regulation of tech M&A and AI partnerships.

Concerns Over AI Development and Market Entry Barriers

The growth of Generative AI and its dependence on extensive data, cloud infrastructure, and computing chips are creating significant barriers to market entry, Vestager pointed out. She stressed that meaningful competition and disruption in AI are unlikely from small startups, hinting at the formidable dominance of established tech giants and their AI developments.

EU antitrust, Big Tech, AI scrutiny, merger control, digital markets, algorithmic collusion, tech giants, Microsoft, Google, Meta, OpenAI

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