Headline RoundupMay 18th, 2023

Should AI Be Regulated?

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s call for regulation of AI on Tuesday highlighted a growing conversation around how the newly-prominent technology should be regulated. 

The Details: On Tuesday, Altman told senators that regulatory intervention was “critical” and said he wanted to “work with the government” to mitigate the technology’s risks. In response, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told the ChatGPT executive, “Talk in plain English and tell us what rules to implement.” 

For Context: On Thursday, May 11, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) unveiled an AI regulation framework after meeting with tech experts over the preceding weeks. The plan would require independent reviews of new AI systems before public release. Additionally, FTC Chair Lina Khan pledged to be “vigilant” against the potential misuse of AI in anticompetitive business practices. 

Perspectives: Some voices from the right were skeptical of regulation, and some voices from the left framed it as particularly important. Regarding Altman, a Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) columnist tied his call for regulation to similar calls by large corporations seeking to hurt their competitors. Also, a Bloomberg (Lean Left bias) tech columnist said Altman’s Senate hearing “ignored good policy ideas already in play.”

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