One of the things CTA is looking at — because any potential legislation or regulation will need to address this question — is what exactly constitutes AI? Everyone has a general concept, and many have come up with their own definitions. When we start talking about possible regulations it’s important to understand exactly which products are proposed to be covered.
For example, if a door with a motion sensor on it automatically opens when it senses an object in front of it, is that AI? Is a thermostat that detects the temperature in a room and cycles an HVAC system on and off to maintain a consistent temperature AI? As the influence of AI continues to expand, the consumer technology industry will be well served to have a common understanding of the answers to these and other questions.
And the impact of AI will clearly continue to magnify. The Artificial Intelligence Marketplace at CES featured exhibitors showing off AI solutions including big data analytics, speech recognition, learning and decision-making products, and predictive technology. Big semiconductor companies like Intel and Qualcomm dedicated large sections of their exhibits to AI. And there were numerous conference sessions covering areas like AI’s influence on robotics, self-driving vehicles and the voice-controlled internet.
The FUTURE of AI Act will make the U.S. Department of Commerce responsible for leading government policy on AI. It will also create a federal advisory committee tasked with determining how industry and govern- ment might work together to address AI’s impact on the U.S. workforce, individual privacy rights, innovation, competitiveness and unbiased treat- ment of individuals.
The AI JOBS Act of 2018 will focus squarely on AI’s impact on jobs. It will require the U.S. Secretary of Labor to produce a report on artificial intelligence and its impact on the workforce. The report will identify the industries expected to see the most growth in artificial intelligence, predict whether this growth will enhance workers’ capabilities or result in worker replacement, and report on the expertise and education needed to develop, operate or work alongside AI over the next two decades.
As these and other government efforts to address AI emerge, CTA’s members will work together toward industry consensus on what AI is, what it will mean for the future of society, and what role the government should play. Toward this end, CTA hosted discussions about AI at the CTA Technology & Standards Forum in May.
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