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Regulating AI

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) has huge potential to ease social problems, there’s disquiet about legal and ethical governance and regulation not keeping up with developments.

This thorny issue is the subject of a new The Conversation article by Christopher Markou, a Jesus College PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law, who suggests that in a worse-case scenario, AI could kickstart a new global arms race.  The article argues that we need better ways to govern it before it’s too late.

Christopher’s piece has already been picked up by national and international media, in which he states: “Effective policy costs money to research, devise, and implement – and right now, there is not enough time, cash, brainpower and undivided attention being devoted to building the robust governance infrastructure that will be required to compliment this latest wave of technological terraforming.”

"AI is a new type of beast. We cannot do governance as usual, which has meant waiting for the latest and greatest “tech” to appear and then frantically react to keep it in check. Despite protestations to the contrary, we must be proactive in engaging with AI development, not reactive. In the parlance of regulation, we need to think ex ante and not just ex post. The hands-off, we-are-just-a-platform-and-have-no-responsibility-here tone of Silicon Valley must be rejected once and for all."

"The risk we run is that AI research kick starts a new global arms race; one where finishing second is framed as tantamount to economic hari-kari. There is tremendous good that the AI industry can do to help change this, but so far these good intentions have not manifested themselves in ways conducive to building the robust law, policy and social-scientific infrastructure that must compliment the technical side."

Christopher's full article is available at The Conversation.

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