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  • Certain risks are associated with the use of AI, which can be mitigated through the use of regulations.
  • The U.S. government has already taken initial steps to regulate artificial intelligence, introducing the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act in 2020.
  • In the near future, more standardized forms of AI regulation will appear such as databases and government inspections.

Artificial intelligence, the ability of machines to complete tasks typically performed by humans, is becoming increasingly present in our society. From autonomous cars to robotic surgeons, the technology is being implemented into countless industries and countries around the world. As with any technology, certain risks accompany the numerous benefits of AI which can be mitigated through the use of regulations.

The U.S. government has already taken initial steps to regulate artificial intelligence. The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (NAIIA) was introduced in 2020, which created a program for the entire Federal government to accelerate AI research and application in pursuit of national security and economic prosperity.

The NAIIA also delegates AI regulation responsibilities to various committees, such as the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force (NAIRRTF). The NAIRRTF is tasked with managing issues related to civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy as they relate to the application of AI.

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In the near future, more standardized forms of AI regulation will appear. Databases which record information about autonomous machines will become necessary to track AI and prevent valuable technology from falling into the wrong hands. Those who wish to create or use a new autonomous robot will have to register it with authorities and have the technology inspected periodically. Ultimately, obtaining and using AI technology will become a rigorous process with high levels of government involvement along each step.