Governors Focus on Synthetic Intelligence Dangers and Regulatory Priorities


Washington, DC – Throughout the annual Winter Assembly of the Nationwide Governors Affiliation (NGA), Governors welcomed tech pioneer Marc Andreessen for a dialogue on the potential dangers and advantages of synthetic intelligence (AI) know-how. With no overarching federal laws on AI, states are taking the result in set insurance policies to benefit from the advantages of AI and put safeguards in place in opposition to its dangers.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum moderated a dialog with Andreessen that centered on harnessing some great benefits of AI to reinforce U.S. competitiveness whereas defending customers from threat.

Governor Burgum defined how Governors are making use of AI to enhance effectivity in state authorities and explored AI’s potential impacts on workforce points, stating: “In our lifetime, each job, each firm, each business has been remodeled by know-how. Now we’ve one thing extra highly effective, that’s being adopted at a sooner charge than cell telephones, the web or private computer systems. Is the AI revolution going to [increase] productiveness, or are we going to control ourselves in such a approach that we’ve slower development than we may very well be reaching? As working leaders that run state authorities, Governors all the time apply know-how to be higher, sooner, extra environment friendly, extra aware of the residents. Governors are all the time competing with one another for jobs and expertise and capital to come back to our states. However a part of that competitors goes to shift to who’s going to have the framework, the schooling system that’s producing the workforce, the human capital that truly understands this.” 

Andreessen defined the know-how sector perspective on potential regulatory approaches, stating: “Essentially, there are two totally different regulatory approaches on how you can cope with these applied sciences. One is to control the applied sciences themselves. Loads of the proposals on regulating AI must do with issues like: regulating what can go into chips, regulating who should purchase chips, how they get used; regulating software program, regulating open-source software program, deciding who can really obtain open-source software program, who can use it, who can write it. The opposite strategy is regulating the makes use of. That strategy [focuses on scenarios such as using AI to] make it simpler to plan a financial institution theft. Effectively, it seems financial institution theft is already unlawful. Invasion of client privateness is already unlawful. Medical fraud is already unlawful. The excellent news is, on this nation we have already got a sturdy set of legal guidelines and laws for principally all or many of the draw back eventualities – both on the legislation enforcement stage for home points or intelligence capabilities for coping with issues on the world stage. I believe it’s far simpler to control the makes use of because you’re addressing the precise points. It additionally preserves the underlying basic alternative in all of the constructive circumstances [without] choking off the know-how itself.” 

Andreessen concluded: “On the finish of the day, we’re going to must resolve as a rustic: Are we in new applied sciences to win them? We’re so used to America being technologically dominant, which suggests economically dominant, which additionally means militarily dominant. We’re so used to that. It’s been the case for 80 years. We have now to determine how you can win, how you can have American enterprise win, and the American individuals win on this, whereas additionally coping with the draw back circumstances.”

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Tennessee Governor Invoice Lee, NGA Chair Utah Governor Spencer Cox, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon additionally shared insights on what their states are doing to implement efficient AI insurance policies.  

Full video for the session can be obtainable right here.


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