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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Taming the Digital Dragon: Global Regulation on Artificial Intelligence?

Balancing Innovation and Security in a Tech-Driven World

"...It will likely take an AI-related catastrophe before any international rulebook or organization begins regulating AI technologies..."

Greg's Words

I despise rules; not Natural rules.  The man-made, legislative acts posed as 'protective' and oriented around 'safety' have devolved from logical to constrictive. Worse, the narratives behind laws, rules, regulations, and mandates have either become more transparent or simply more blatantly 'anti-fun' used to prop up old structures.

I bristle when I hear clamor about "how we need to slow down" AI development with guardrails and committees.  For me, it is both too Early and too Late to control AI Evolution.  The Genie is out of the bottle; the first of many more bottles to come.

But here's the fulcrum of my belief:  If AI were going to make us extinct, it would have done so a long time ago.

The masses are mystified by today's ChatGPT.  I stress the current version is a civilian edition.  Would I be the only person who thinks what we are using today is a decade behind what DARPA and others have bubbled away in some underground lab somewhere?

I can't be.

All this panic talk about slowing things down is hogwash put forward by people who up until three months ago couldn't spell "AI" let alone put together a reasonable prompt.

No no, dear reader.  The AI isn't going 'extinct' us.  BUT - this isn't to say a bad actor isn't going to use AI to try. I'll let the military handle that one.

What is needed with AI is a body of folks who will craft reasonable rules of engagement and policies designed to accelerate innovation AND illuminate all the possibilities of AI.

We don't need more laws.

Check out this summary of this article.

Executive Summary:
  1. As AI technologies become increasingly integral and potentially harmful, leading voices within the field argue that regulation of these technologies should be a global priority.
  2. Despite industry support for AI regulation, tangible action has yet to be taken by policymakers, who remain more focused on other pressing issues such as limiting China's access to critical resources and establishing shared terminology around AI risks.
  3. Significant challenges lie ahead in navigating global regulations, with current models unable to keep pace with the rapid evolution of AI. Advocates suggest that companies should preemptively adopt potential regulations and safety standards, ideally leading to broader global implementation.

Amidst the increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence (AI), a rising chorus of voices is highlighting the pressing need for global regulation. Yet, it seems as though a cataclysmic event related to AI technologies may be necessary to spur the creation of an international rulebook.

AI innovators and researchers are raising concerns not just about catastrophic scenarios such as an uncontrollable super-AI, but also about immediate risks stemming from premature deployment of AI technologies. Cyberattacks, scams, disinformation, surveillance, and bias are not figments of science fiction, but real and present threats.

At the heart of the issue is the rapid pace of AI development and the corresponding inadequacy of existing regulatory frameworks. Tech policymakers, currently convened in Sweden for the Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council, appear more focused on issues like China's access to chips and critical minerals than on pressing calls for AI regulation from industry CEOs.

Brad Smith, Microsoft president, and other industry leaders, including executives from OpenAI, Google's DeepMind and Anthropic, have endorsed global governance of AI's most severe risks. They draw parallels to the International Atomic Energy Agency as a model for AI that demonstrates "superintelligence". However, the lack of a precedent for such global regulation without a preceding catastrophe remains a roadblock.

The OpenAI team, behind the language model ChatGPT, envisions an international authority that can conduct system inspections, mandate audits, and enforce safety standards. They propose that companies begin implementing elements of potential future regulations, followed by national governments, leading to a worldwide suite of legislation.

However, their voices are not the only ones championing this cause. Microsoft, Google, and BSA, a software trade association, have also been advocating for AI regulation. Despite this, there remains a gap between theory and action. As AI's transformative power continues to grow, so too does the need for a cooperative, global approach to its governance.

The Montreal Protocol's successful international action against a technological threat to the Earth's ozone layer in the 1980s offers a glimmer of hope. However, there remains much work to be done to ensure AI's potential does not outstrip our ability to manage its risks. The call for global regulation of AI grows louder and more urgent.

Taming the AI dragon may just be the most significant challenge yet.

Keyword List: AI technologies, Global regulation, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberattacks, Disinformation, Surveillance, Bias, Tech policymakers, Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council, Microsoft, OpenAI, DeepMind, Anthropic, International Atomic Energy Agency, Regulation frameworks, Superintelligence, System inspections, Audits, Safety standards, BSA, Montreal Protocol, Technological threat

Search Question: What are the leading voices in AI saying about the need for global regulation to mitigate potential risks?

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LinkedIn Post Introduction: As we witness the remarkable strides in Artificial Intelligence (AI), it's crucial to consider the ethical implications and potential risks that come with these advancements. Some of the industry's leading voices are calling for comprehensive global regulation, drawing parallels with agencies like the International Atomic Energy Agency. Their argument: we need a governance model capable of keeping pace with AI's rapid evolution. Read on to understand more about this urgent call for action, and join the conversation on the future of AI.

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