Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) such as Microsoft-backed OpenAI’s ChatGPT are complicating governments’ efforts to agree laws governing the use of the technology.
Here are the latest steps national and international governing bodies are taking to regulate AI tools:
Planning regulations Australia will make search engines draft new codes to prevent the sharing of child sexual abuse material created by AI and the production of deepfake versions of the same material, its internet regulator said in September.
BRITAIN Planning regulations
Governments and companies need to address the risks of AI head on, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was set to say on Oct. 26 ahead of the first global AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park on Nov. 1-2. Britain’s data watchdog said on Oct. 10 it had issued Snap Inc’s Snapchat with a preliminary enforcement notice over a possible failure to properly assess the privacy risks of its generative AI chatbot to users, particularly children.
CHINA Implemented temporary regulations
China published proposed security requirements for firms offering services powered by generative AI on Oct. 12, including a blacklist of sources that cannot be used to train AI models. The country issued a set of temporary measures in August, requiring service providers to submit security assessments and receive clearance before releasing mass-market AI products.
EUROPEAN UNION Planning regulations
European lawmakers agreed on Oct. 24 on a critical part of new AI rules outlining the types of systems that will be designated “high risk”, and inched closer to a broader agreement on the landmark AI Act, according to five people familiar with the matter. An agreement is expected in December, two co-rapporteurs said. EU lawmaker Brando Benifei, who is leading negotiations on the AI Act, on Sep. 21 urged member countries to compromise in key areas to reach an agreement by the end of the year.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Sept. 13 called for a global panel to assess the risks and benefits of AI. FRANCE
Investigating possible breaches France’s privacy watchdog said in April it was investigating complaints about ChatGPT.
G7 Seeking input on regulations
G7 leaders in May called for the development and adoption of technical standards to keep AI “trustworthy”. ITALY
Investigating possible breaches Italy’s data protection authority plans to review AI platforms and hire experts in the field, a top official said in May. ChatGPT was temporarily banned in the country in March, but it was made available again in April.
JAPAN Investigating possible breaches
Japan expects to introduce by the end of 2023 regulations that are likely closer to the U.S. attitude than the stringent ones planned in the EU, an official close to deliberations said in July. The country’s privacy watchdog has warned OpenAI not to collect sensitive data without people’s permission.
POLAND Investigating possible breaches
Poland’s Personal Data Protection Office said on Sept. 21 it was investigating OpenAI over a complaint that ChatGPT breaks EU data protection laws.
Investigating possible breaches Spain’s data protection agency in April launched a preliminary investigation into potential data breaches by ChatGPT.
UNITED NATIONS Planning regulations
The U.N. Security Council held its first formal discussion on AI in July, addressing military and non-military applications of AI that “could have very serious consequences for global peace and security”, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. Guterres has backed a proposal by some AI executives for the creation of an AI watchdog, and announced plans to start work on a high-level AI advisory body by the end of the year.
U.S. Seeking input on regulations
The White House is expected to unveil on Oct. 30 a long-awaited AI executive order, which would require “advanced AI models to undergo assessments before they can be used by federal workers”, the Washington Post reported. The U.S. Congress in September held hearings on AI and an AI forum featuring Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
More than 60 senators took part in the talks, during which Musk called for a U.S. “referee” for AI. Lawmakers said there was universal agreement about the need for government regulation of the technology. On Sept. 12, the White House said Adobe, IBM , Nvidia and five other firms had signed President Joe Biden’s voluntary commitments governing AI, which require steps such as watermarking AI-generated content.
A Washington D.C. district judge ruled in August that a work of art created by AI without any human input cannot be copyrighted under U.S. law. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened in July an investigation into OpenAI on claims that it has run afoul of consumer protection laws.