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Banning generative AI is not an option for Germany: minister

European digital ministers at G-7 meet back use after Italy bans ChatGPT

German Minister for Digital and Transport Volker Wissing speaks with Nikkei Asia on April 28 in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- German Transport Minister Volker Wissing said Friday that banning generative artificial intelligence is not on the table for Germany at the moment.

In an interview with Nikkei Asia in Tokyo, when asked if it was an option, Wissing replied, "No ... if all European countries react the way Italy did, we finally will not see any AI applications being developed in Europe. And then we would only have Chinese systems to address in the future," he said.

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