Tuesday 21 January 2020

Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Regulating AI

“Companies such as ours cannot just build promising new technology and let market forces decide how it will be used,” writes Pichai. “It is equally incumbent on us to make sure that technology is harnessed for good and available to everyone.” The Alphabet CEO, who is heading perhaps the most prominent company in Artificial Intelligence has called for new regulations of AI. There is just one problem, how?

A quick flashback to our past article on Human-centric AI, we have discussed how the Singapore government is taking steps to regulate AI. It comes in two parts such as

Decisions made by or with the assistance of AI are explainable, transparent and fair to consumers

Ensure artificial intelligence solutions they deploy are human-centric

There are also concerns over facial recognition and deep fakes. The regulations in the EU and the US for AI regulations seem to be diverging. While the EU is considering the 5-year ban on facial recognition, the White House is advocating for Light-touch regulations that avoid overreach.

There are two factors in general that challenges the regulation of AI. Reach and speed of its advancement.


AI’s reach has exploded into different verticals. The possibility of AI driving our cars, flying drones, diagnosing patients, predicting weather, improving factories efficiency literally managing everything from home to how we conduct war. Here is the problem, there is no industrial model run regulation that governs all of it. While AI is being all persuasive the public sector that needs to regulate such technology isn’t.

Speed of advancement

Any advancement takes some time to spread giving enough buffer for the organizations involved in advancement can come to terms with it and regulate it as well. AI’s growth is exponential, and we are now confronted with dealing with its consequences rather than preparing for its regulations.

Innovators such as Alphabet, Amazon are making the rules about AI and sooner are later we will need to find grounds for regulating the AI. While AI poses a lot of panic over its use, we also need to take a step back here. Every technological revolution also bought in such fears in the past. So, is it wise to focus on technology’s effect rather than focusing on technology-based fears? Let's keep this conversation going, write to me or comment here about your thoughts on regulating AI.

Srivatsan Aravamudan - Sri
Senior Solution Consultant

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