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In our Sunday newsletter, we, as editors, reflect on the past seven days. We do this on the initiative of our cartoonist Albert Jan Rasker. He chooses a subject, draws a picture, and we take it from there.

Last week the European Parliament – after many years of preparation – passed the AI Act. The law is seen as a model for the whole world. The new AI Act introduces risk categories for AI applications and sets strict requirements for systems with the highest risk. Key elements include bans on unauthorized use of facial recognition and mass surveillance, as well as transparency rules for generative AI systems. Companies that violate the law risk fines of up to 35 million euros or 7 percent of their revenue. This legislation, phased in starting in May, positions Europe as a world leader in AI regulation.

And yes, this law affects all parts of our society, as even Albert Jan has already figured out. So prepare yourself next time you have to go through the scanner: cookie please?

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The clock is ticking, the deadline has been set: in 2035 the ban on the sale of cars with combustion engines will come into effect in the European Union. In 11 years, by law, newly sold cars will no longer be allowed to emit CO2. Therefore, on the way to 2035, we will see more and more electric vehicles (EVs) appearing to decarbonize the European car fleet. What are the prospects for the coming years? Now that the goal is set, we think it is important to educate our public more on this topic. This is how EVolution was born, our new series on electric driving that separates all facts from fiction. Last week, we published part 1. Many new episodes will follow in the coming weeks.

Here’s what else caught our eye this week:

14 Dutch companies in a US-dominated Food500 – but where are Protix, Mosa Meat and Meatable?

Technically it’s all possible, but difficult for humans: electricity markets must become smaller and more dynamic

Drone coalition calls for more room to move, also outside the pilot’s line of sight

DeepTechXL receives €110 million in funding

Here are 5 ideas to make your business a circular one

Lawyer Jos van der Wijst: ‘Don’t wait to take action on AI’

‘We are dependent on fuel engines for a long time to come. So make them future-proof.’

Diversity is key to success in the Dutch tech sector

A tear is more than just water and salt. From one drop, hundreds of substances can be analyzed that betray the presence of diseases. Marlies Gijs is developing a self-test for tears.

And here you can find all the other articles we produced this week. Have a lovely Sunday!