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January 24, 2020

The AI regulation wave is coming: Industry should ride it

By Martijn Rasser

America’s artificial intelligence industry is increasingly likely to face government regulations that could blunt innovation. There is a perfect storm brewing on Capitol Hill, and in statehouses and city governments around the country. Growing unease over possible negative impacts of AI on American society, and increased awareness that technological developments are outpacing lawmakers’ ability to craft rules and provide oversight is likely to lead to well-intentioned but poorly-crafted regulations that will constrain research, development and deployment of AI technologies.

In the absence of government regulations, several leading voices in AI development advocate for industry self-regulation. While commendable in its ultimate goal — instilling trust in AI — it is not a viable long-term solution. Government oversight is necessary and, done right, will make America’s AI endeavors more effective and competitive. The U.S. regulatory principles for AI proposed by the White House on Jan. 7 are intended to do exactly that.

Read the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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