AI governance, artificial intelligence, legal theory, liability, Regulating AI, United States

New York temporary state commission on Artificial Intelligence


(Opposite of artificial information in NY).

I wrote in my last post about the commission being set up by New York State to study artificial intelligence regulation. And I suggested that maybe folks spend less time studying and more time moving ahead. And that I would try to find the legislation. Found it!

So there’s good in here and bad. The commission is to study:

“and make determinations on issues including but not limited to:
(a) current law within this state addressing artificial intelligence,
robotics and automation;
(b) comparative state policies that have aided in creating a regulatory structure for artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, and whether such measures would be similarly effective in this state;
(c) criminal and civil liability regarding violations of law caused by entities equipped with artificial intelligence, robotics and automation;
(d) the impact of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation on employment in this state;
(e) the impact of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation on the acquiring and disclosure of confidential information;
(f) potential restrictions on the use of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in weaponry;
(g) the potential impact on the technology industry of any regulatory measures proposed by this study; and
(h) public sector applications of artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies.”

By the start of December 2020 the commission has to report on this.

I’m not really sure how anyone could, in just over a year, say anything meaningful about all of weaponization of AI (or why that matters to New York state as opposed to everywhere else), the impact of AI on employment, and how the public sector should apply artificial intelligence.

But carrying out an inventory of currently applicable legislation in the state, an inventory of comparable policies and figuring out if you can steal borrow them, and determining how to handle criminal and civil law matters in the realm of artificial intelligence seems like an eminently sensible place to start.

So I guess it’s half good.

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