Final week, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman appeared earlier than a US Senate committee to speak concerning the dangers and potential of AI language fashions. Altman, together with many senators, known as for worldwide requirements for synthetic intelligence. He additionally urged the US to manage the expertise and arrange a brand new company, very similar to the Meals and Drug Administration, to manage AI.
For an AI coverage nerd like myself, the Senate listening to was each encouraging and irritating. Encouraging as a result of the dialog appears to have moved previous selling wishy-washy self-regulation and on to guidelines that might truly maintain firms accountable. Irritating as a result of the talk appears to have forgotten the previous five-plus years of AI coverage. I simply revealed a narrative all the prevailing worldwide efforts to manage AI expertise. You possibly can learn it right here.
I’m not the one one who feels this fashion.
“To recommend that Congress begins from zero simply performs into the trade’s favourite narrative, which is that Congress is thus far behind and doesn’t perceive expertise—how may they ever regulate us?” says Anna Lenhart, a coverage fellow on the Institute for Knowledge Democracy and Coverage at George Washington College, and a former Hill staffer.
In reality, politicians within the final Congress, which ran from January 2021 to January 2023, launched a ton of laws round AI. Lenhart put collectively this neat record of all of the AI laws proposed throughout that point. They cowl the whole lot from danger assessments to transparency to knowledge safety. None of them made it to the president’s desk, however on condition that buzzy (or, to many, scary) new generative AI instruments have captured Washington’s consideration, Lenhart expects a few of them to be revamped and make a reappearance in a single type or one other.
Listed here are a couple of to keep watch over.
Algorithmic Accountability Act
This invoice was launched by Democrats within the US Congress and Senate in 2022, pre-ChatGPT, to handle the tangible harms of automated decision-making techniques, reminiscent of ones that denied folks ache drugs or rejected their mortgage purposes.