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Altman Should Encourage Innovation in AI, Not Wrap It in Red Tape

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will host a hearing on “Oversight of A.I.: Rules for Artificial Intelligence,” where lawmakers will hear from OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, IBM and an NYU professor about how they believe Congress should look at the evolution of artificial intelligence. 

“AI has incredible potential to revolutionize medical diagnosis and research, and to energize education across multiple languages,” said NetChoice President & CEO Steve DelBianco. “To unlock this power, any regulation must be flexible to allow for permissionless innovation. Industry can develop guidelines to protect privacy and confidential data, while minimizing the mistakes made by generative AI. We hope to hear Altman express these sentiments.”

DelBianco continued: “American technological innovation leads the world, but that won’t hold if AI is restrained to move at the speed of government. Government safeguards should remain flexible, and avoid imposing bureaucratic reviews and approvals for every version of AI.”

AI is generating tremendous interest from Washington, where arms of the government are competing for new roles and resources to become regulators of AI.

In a recent paper commissioned by NetChoice, privacy and security policy expert James X. Dempsey explains why it is essential to the development of generative AI for industry to adopt safeguards and standards to earn public trust, but avoid regulations that will stifle innovation. You can read Dempsey’s report here

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