Senators advance bipartisan plan for comprehensive regulation of artificial intelligence

Senators advance bipartisan plan for comprehensive regulation of artificial intelligence

Two US senators introduced bipartisan legislation on artificial intelligence (AI) on Friday, September 8, as part of Congress’ ramped-up efforts to promote… Regulating emerging technology.
the project The proposal by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Josh Hawley establishes mandatory licensing for AI companies and makes clear that technology liability protections will not protect such companies from potential lawsuits.
In a statement issued on X (formerly Twitter), Blumenthal said this bipartisan framework represents an important step forward, Providing a strong and comprehensive legislative plan to protect artificial intelligence in a concrete and feasible way. It is expected to provide guidance on managing the potential benefits and risks of AI technology.
Hawley emphasized that the principles outlined in this framework should serve as the basis for congressional action on regulating artificial intelligence.

“We will continue listening sessions with industry leaders and experts, as well as other conversations and investigations to build a coalition to support the legislation.”

The framework proposes the establishment of a licensing system overseen by an independent regulatory body. The document requires developers of AI models to register with this oversight body, which will have the authority to conduct audits of candidates for licensing.

Framework summary. Source: X

Additionally, the framework proposes that Congress specify that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides technology companies with legal protections for third-party content, does not extend to AI applications. It addresses other sections of the framework Corporate transparency, consumer and minor protection, as well as national security protection measures.
Blumenthal and Hawley, who chair the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law, also revealed plans to hold a hearing. This hearing will include testimony from prominent figures such as Brad Smith, vice president and president of Microsoft, William Daly, chief scientist and senior vice president of research at NVIDIA, and Woodrow Hartzog, a professor at Boston University School of Law.
The presentation of this framework and the announcement of the related hearing preceded the forum on artificial intelligence organized by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. to forums Leaders from major AI companies will participate, providing lawmakers with information about the potential benefits and risks associated with AI.
Schumer also introduced an AI framework in June. His paper identified a broad range of basic principles, in contrast to the more detailed measures proposed by Hawley and Blumenthal.

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Translated by Walter Rizzo

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