National AI Commission Act proposed by US lawmakers.
Lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties are proposing a bill to create a commission that will supervise how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in the country. This commission is meant to establish regulations around the use of AI.
The bipartisan National AI Commission Act is the United States’ response to regulating the use of AI. Key representatives include Ted Lieu, Anna Eshoo, and Ken Buck.
The Rise of AIs and the Need to Regulate Them
Many hot topics in the tech world in 2023 have centered around AI. In 2022, many AIs were created to simplify tasks in various industries. One of the most popular AIs launched in late 2022 was ChatGPT, created by OpenAI. Not long after, talks about Google’s Bard AI and some of its new AI features started coming to light.
Many companies are already exploring how AI can make their tasks more efficient. As a result, there are concerns that different AIs carrying out tasks humans have been employed for could displace humans from their jobs in a few years. Even though many of these AI solutions are created with good intentions, they could be abused without sufficient control and guidelines. This has raised the need to regulate their use.
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The proposed bill covers the possible risks associated with creating and using AI. It aims to protect users from potential harm arising from the free use of AI without regulations.
Ted Lieu stated, “Artificial Intelligence is doing amazing things for our society. It can also cause significant harm if left unchecked and unregulated. Congress must not stay on the sidelines.”
The commission intends to meet with experts, key industry figures, government officials, and stakeholders to provide useful recommendations for the most effective ways to regulate the use of AI.
Notable Figures Support the National AI Commission Act
Gary Marcus, a Professor Emeritus at New York University who also co-authored ‘Rebooting AI,’ spoke about the likelihood of AI affecting society in a good and bad way and agreed that the United States needs to have an AI strategy with the best interests of its citizens at heart. He also agrees that the bipartisan National AI Commission Act is a good move towards meeting the urgent need.
Merve Hickok, the President of the Center for AI and Digital Policy, expressed his support for the National AI Commission Act. In his words:
“We have warned that the United States is not prepared to meet the AI challenges ahead. A National AI Commission would be a step in the right direction.”
He sees the proposal as relevant and necessary at the moment, as guidelines and boundaries are needed for AI use while also considering the public’s interests and concerns.