The subtext is that those nasty rules to protect the public will stop A.I. operating in mysterious but powerful ways consumers don’t understand.
A.I. may be less powerful as a result of data protection rules, but that’s a good thing. It’s long overdue that tech companies built their products with privacy and data protection as a primary consideration, not just an afterthought. Powerful A.I. is only a good thing if it’s built with people in mind.
Indeed, recent events may eventually lead to GDPR-style rules being introduced in the USA, and that can only be a good thing.