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AI regulations in the USA

In August, US president Joe Biden signed draft regulations on artificial intelligence (AI) with the aim of reducing the risks of bias and civil rights violations. The executive order requires creators of AI systems that pose risks to the economy or public health to share the results of security tests with the government before releasing them to the public. The document offers guidelines to agencies on establishing testing standards and defining risks. The new rules go a step further than the voluntary commitments made earlier this year by companies such as OpenAI, Google, and Meta, which agreed to watermark AI-generated content to make the technology safer. The executive order signed by Biden states that the Department of Commerce will “develop guidance for content authentication and watermarking” to clearly label AI-generated content and ensure government communications are trustworthy. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said he hopes to pass new AI legislation within the coming months (Reuters Agency, October 30).