AI Regulation: A Hot Topic for Everyone Except AI Itself

NNicholas September 11, 2023 7:12 PM

As the Senate prepares for the first AI Insight Forum, the world of artificial intelligence is buzzing with opinions on its regulation. However, AI itself, represented by chatbot ChatGPT, remains blissfully unaware of these rising conversations.

ChatGPT's obliviousness to AI regulation talks

AI chatbot ChatGPT, when asked about the Senate’s first 'AI Insight Forum,' admitted its lack of real-time information and ability to provide opinions on current events. Its knowledge remains stagnant, updated last in September 2021, and is therefore unaware of the impending Forum or any other recent AI regulation-related events.

Mustafa Suleyman's vision for AI governance

DeepMind co-founder and Inflection AI CEO, Mustafa Suleyman, promotes the idea of creating cabinet-level positions for emerging technology such as AI. In his book, 'The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma,' Suleyman also suggests that the United States leverage its dominance in advanced chips to enforce global standards, and calls for a governance regime akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

AI experts push for a 'Department of AI'

A recent Axios survey revealed that AI experts, particularly those at leading universities, prefer the creation of a federal 'Department of AI' or a global regulator, instead of leaving AI regulation to Congress, the White House, or the private sector. Representative Ted Lieu supports this, suggesting a 'blue-ribbon commission' to study AI and advise lawmakers on its regulation.

Alex Engler, a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, proposes a different approach to AI regulation that shifts more power to federal agencies. His idea, the Critical Algorithmic System Classification, emphasizes addressing systemic AI risks, such as discrimination and data privacy, rather than less-evidenced harms and risks of generative AI.

The AI Insight Forum, according to Axios, will be formatted as a dialogue between experts, diverging from the traditional committee hearing approach. The session will begin with a three-hour panel where invited speakers, including Big Tech CEOs, will give remarks. This will be followed by a three-hour afternoon session exploring 'big questions in AI' and topics for future forums.

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