Congress Must Avoid Overly Restrictive Facial Recognition Legislation

The House Judiciary Committee recently debated the merits of facial recognition technology and what, if any, action the federal government should take in regulating its use. Both Republicans and Democrats are concerned about the potential for companies and law enforcement to abuse this technology, with Republicans being concerned about it violating constitutional rights and Democrats […]

What Should a Federal Law for AI Look Like?

The world has been increasingly impacted by artificial intelligence, and its rise has resulted in sharp jumps in productivity for the global economy. While policymakers attempt to understand AI’s powerful effects on the economy and society, they will inevitably want to regulate its use. This has been the case with the European Union (EU) in […]

Arbitrary Criteria Should Not Be Used to Ban AI

The European Union (EU) has set out to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) more heavily across its 27 member-states, including criteria that would outright ban certain forms of the technology. The criteria, listed under Title II of the EU’s Artificial Intelligence act, prohibits AI that violates what EU policymakers consider to be their arbitrary criteria of […]

AI Can Provide a Solution to the Problem of Credit Invisibility

Today, around 26 million American consumers are considered credit invisible, meaning they do not have a credit record needed to obtain credit cards, a loan, or a mortgage even though they may be financially responsible. For Americans who are credit invisible, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in determining credit worthiness would remove a substantial […]

AI Offers Substantial Benefits for Patients

On April 21, the European Commission released its much-anticipated proposal for a regulation laying down harmonized rules on artificial intelligence. If implemented, Brussels’ proposal would govern artificial intelligence (AI) across 27 member countries and for over 445 million people. In outlining the need for the Commission’s proposed AI regulations, Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for […]

US Should Not Follow Europe’s Lead on AI

On April 26, 2021, the European Union released its proposals to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) among its 27 member states. In announcing the proposals, the European Commission claimed while AI can produce significant benefits for consumers, the technology “can also bring about new risks or negative consequences for individuals or the society.” While the European Union’s efforts […]

Ethical Behaviors from AI Systems

The ethics associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI)has become a serious consideration within academia and the high technology industry. Ethics are “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture.” Artificial Intelligence (AI) developments are in their formative stage and lack generally accepted rules of conduct, […]

Autonomous Artificially Intelligent Weapons?

Modern militaries are way beyond reliance on hand-loaded mortars and Howitzers. Those old-fashioned ways of lobbing explosive charges tend to reveal the location of the troops using them. Protecting our troops and civilians in or near the battlefield is best accomplished through a mix of conventional and high-tech tools. A U.S. Army spokesperson says “allowing […]

The Real Threats of Artificial Intelligence

Some consumers may be alarmed at the prospects of malicious Artificial Intelligence (AI), but some are unconcerned. In a verbal standoff, Elon Musk claims that humanity needs to fear AI while Steven Pinker (a highly respected academic) feels that perspective is unproductive fear mongering. Bill Gates and the late Stephen Hawking side with Musk, but […]

Artificial Intelligence, Price Setting, and Antitrust Behaviors

With specialized training, Artificial Intelligence (AI) machines can scour a marketplace looking at prices and devising ways that all sellers could obtain higher prices, especially if the competitors acted collusively. Of course, AI is unaware of the ethical violation that arises from collusion until it is trained to avoid such behaviors. The scope of training […]