AI laws and policies are rapidly evolving to balance innovation and risk. As AI’s role grows, flexible legal frameworks are needed to encourage responsible development while mitigating potential harms. Read more about recent developments below.
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AI Safety: A Federal Focus
The Biden administration has intensified its commitment to AI safety and ethical standards. At the UK AI Safety Summit, Vice President Kamala Harris outlined new initiatives to mitigate AI risks, emphasizing the dual nature of AI as a tool for both unprecedented good and potential harm.
President Biden’s Executive Order on AI
President Biden has issued an Executive Order that could redefine how the U.S. approaches artificial intelligence, outlining specific steps across multiple domains: safety, privacy, equity, and American competitiveness. It also provides a roadmap for developers, policymakers, and stakeholders, laying out actionable steps for responsible AI development and deployment.
OpenAI’s Copyright Defense
OpenAI – the organization behind ChatGPT – responded to class-action lawsuits from several book authors, including notable names like Sarah Silverman and Paul Tremblay. The authors allege that ChatGPT was trained on pirated copies of their books, thus infringing on their copyrights.
NYT v. OpenAI: A Copyright Story
The New York Times (NYT) is contemplating legal action against OpenAI, the organization behind ChatGPT. The crux of the dispute lies in copyright concerns surrounding the use of the newspaper’s content.
Gensler’s AI Admonition
My Sunday essay was a review of Gary Gensler’s admonition that an AI-driven stock market will be a ticking time bomb. Algo-trading isn’t anywhere near new, but it is newly relevant as generative AI and autonomous agents weave themselves into the fabric of our lives.
Microsoft’s New Pledge: Watermarking AI-Generated Content – A Step Towards Transparency, or Not Enough?
As the lines between reality and AI-created content continue to blur, the tech giant is stepping up with a new initiative: watermarking AI-generated images and videos. At its annual Build conference, Microsoft announced upcoming features for its Bing Image Creator and Designer, which will allow consumers to verify whether content was AI-created.
OpenAI Proposes International Regulatory Body for AI
OpenAI, the nice people who brought you ChatGPT, has proposed the creation of an international regulatory body for AI, similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency. This comes in response to the rapid pace of AI innovation and the potential risks associated with it.
AI Goes to Washington
The White House announced AI-focused initiatives ahead of a meeting with top tech CEOs from Alphabet, Anthropic, OpenAI, and Microsoft. Key actions include allocating $140 million in funding to seven new National AI Research Institutes and holding an independent exercise with major tech players to assess generative AI systems’ adherence to the Biden administration’s AI Bill of Rights blueprint.
“War Games” IRL
Washington, D.C. – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representatives Ted W. Lieu (CA-36), Don Beyer (VA-08), and Ken Buck (CO-04) introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Block Nuclear Launch by Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Act legislation to safeguard the nuclear command and control process from any future change in policy that allows AI to make nuclear launch decisions.
AI and Copyright Law and Creators
The human creative community, the U.S. Copyright Office, and AI-enabled creators all have different ideas about where copyrightable human creativity begins. Are you entitled to royalties if your work is used to help train a model?
Italy Bans ChatGPT: A Wake-Up Call for AI Regulation
Italy has become the first Western country to ban ChatGPT, the widely-used AI chatbot from OpenAI. The Italian Data Protection Watchdog (Garante) ordered OpenAI to temporarily stop processing Italian users’ data while investigating a potential breach of Europe’s strict privacy regulations.
You Can’t Stop Progress, But…
This morning, I did something I rarely do: I signed an open letter alongside Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Yuval Noah Harari, and a group of AI experts and tech executives, urging top AI researchers to pause development of AI systems more advanced than GPT-4 for six months.
China to Regulate AI-Generated Media
The Register is reporting that China is going to ban AI-generated media without watermarks. The stated goal is to spur growth and ban deception. These rules make AI-generated media a regulated business in China, so in order to get a license to do business, the government will have to approve your tech.
SCOTUS “Fair Use” Fears
Today in the SCOTUS blog: Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith. This is a case that everyone in the media business should be highly focused on. The decision (either way) will affect every creator, every publisher, and possibly every platform as well.