The European Commission's rules would ban "AI systems considered a clear threat to the safety, livelihoods and rights of people", it said.
It is also proposing far stricter rules on the use of biometrics - such as facial recognition being used by law enforcement, which would be limited.
The official publication is here. Note that this is a proposal that would take months-years to pass.
The suggested list of banned AI systems includes:
- those designed or used in a manner that manipulates human behaviour, opinions or decisions ...causing a person to behave, form an opinion or take a decision to their detriment
- AI systems used for indiscriminate surveillance applied in a generalised manner
- AI systems used for social scoring
- those that exploit information or predictions and a person or group of persons in order to target their vulnerabilities
The use of AI in the military is exempt, as are systems used by authorities in order to safeguard public security.
[Edited to add the publication, thanks to Charlotte's comment below]