AI regulation in the US Congress

US Congress

Representative Ted Lieu and Jake Auchincloss, both Democrats of the US Congress, recently raised concerns about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (A.I.).

No legislative action has been taken to protect individuals from A.I., despite existing bills to curb A.I applications such as facial recognition failing in Congress.

As the US competes with China for tech leadership, companies are pushing back on regulation to maximize the technology’s benefits while minimizing its risks.

The European Union has proposed a law requiring assessments of how A.I applications may harm the safety and individual rights; it is expected to be passed this year, with fines of up to 6% of global revenue for violators.

The White House issued a blueprint for rules on A.I., but no laws have been passed yet; some federal agencies enforce existing laws and will pursue legal action against companies if they violate consumer protection rules or discrimination laws.

Tech companies have lobbied against policies that limit the use of A.I have called for voluntary regulations; OpenAI CEO recently visited Congress and presented their new model GPT-4, which has increased security controls to previous models.

Representative Lieu plans to introduce a bill this year for a commission to study A.I. and for a new agency to regulate it.

Source: New York Times