Technology executives met in Washington to discuss AI regulation

14/09/2023 | The Guardian

A group of technology leaders, including Sundar Pichai, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sam Altman, gathered in Washington to discuss the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI). The meeting, billed as an "AI safety forum", was one of several meetings between Silicon Valley executives, researchers, and US government officials. The purpose of the meeting was to address the rapid pace of AI advancement and how it affects people's lives and work. While attendees agreed that regulations were necessary, there was little consensus on what those regulations should look like. Among the topics discussed were an independent agency to oversee aspects of the technology, increased transparency by companies, and how the US can stay ahead of China and other countries. Elon Musk spoke during a break, saying it was important to have a referee and that the discussion was very civilised. Senator Chuck Schumer called for Congress to maximise the benefits and minimise the negatives of AI, citing bias, loss of jobs, and doomsday scenarios as concerns that only the government can address.

In related news, the IAPP reports on two US Senate hearings on 12 September laid the foundations for potential AI regulations across various applications. During both hearings, possible AI legislation discussions included requiring a licensing regime, establishing a new federal regulatory agency and risk mitigation measures.

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