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US lawmakers have proposed two new bipartisan bills to address issues of transparency and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI).
On June 8, Democratic Senator Gary Peters and Republican Senators Mike Brown and James Lankford introduced the first bill that requires the government to be transparent about the use of AI.
Under such a measure, US government agencies would be required to inform the public when they use AI to interact with them, as well as a system to allow citizens to appeal any decisions made by AI.
Brown commented in a statement that:
“The federal government must be proactive and transparent about the use of AI and ensure that decisions are not made without a human being behind the wheel.”
The second bill was introduced by Democratic Senators Michael Bennett and Mark Warner, along with Republican Senator Todd Young, to create a formal Global Competition Analysis Office.
This new division is designed to help the US stay at the forefront of AI development. Senator Bennet observed that:
“We cannot afford to lose our competitive edge in strategic technologies like semiconductors, quantum computing and artificial intelligence to competitors like China.
The introduction of these bills follows a statement by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who called for three upcoming AI briefings to familiarize lawmakers with the technology.
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AI regulations are starting to surface in discussions among legislators around the world.
Earlier this week, officials in the United Kingdom stressed that artificial intelligence models need regulation similar to those applied to medicine and nuclear power. On the same day, another UK official warned that if these models were not brought under control within the next two years, they would face a threat to humanity.
Meanwhile in Europe, lawmakers are finalizing the EU AI Act, which is a comprehensive set of rules for the development and implementation of generative artificial intelligence.
European regulators have taken a similarly urgent approach to regulating AI, and most recently said they treat all AI-generated content as such.