the U.S. must keep up with other nations or suffer economically and secu-rity-wise as a result.
A problem with regulating AI is
that it is difficult to define what AI
is. AI used to be chess-playing ma-
chines; now it is integrated into our
social media, our cars, our medical
When applied to fast-moving fields
like AI, misplaced regulations have
the potential to stifle innovation and
derail the enormous potential benefits
that AI can bring in vehicle safety, im-
proved productivity, and much more.
We certainly do not want rules hast-
ily cobbled as a knee-jerk response
to a popular outcry against AI stoked
by alarmists such as Elon Musk (who
has urged U.S. governors to regulate AI
“before it’s too late”).
To address this conundrum, I propose a middle way: that we avoid regulating AI research, but move to regulate AI applications in arenas such as
transportation, medicine, politics, and
entertainment. This approach not only
balances the benefits of research with
the potential harms of AI systems, it is
also more practical. It hits the happy
medium between not enough and too
Regulation Is a Tricky Thing
AI research is now being conducted
globally, by every country and every
leading technology company. Russian
President Vladimir Putin has said “Ar-
tificial intelligence is the future, not
only for Russia, but for all humankind.
It comes with colossal opportunities,
but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in
this sphere will become the ruler of the
world.” The AI train has left the station;
AI research will continue unabated and
Point: Should AI
Technology Be Regulated?
Yes, and Here’s How.
Considering the difficult technical and sociological issues affecting
the regulation of artificial intelligence research and applications.