NCSL report aims to help lawmakers navigate AI

‘Approaches to Regulating Artificial Intelligence: A Primer’ warns that ‘we are in a time of urgency’ as AI proliferates.
The artificial intelligence company OpenAI logo is seen on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen displaying output from ChatGPT, March 21, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

State lawmakers should coalesce around a common definition and understanding of artificial intelligence and begin to weigh the role of state government in regulating the fast-emerging technology, according to recommendations contained in a new report on AI from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The report, titled “Approaches to Regulating Artificial Intelligence: A Primer,” warns that “we are in a time of urgency” as AI proliferates and advises that while the technology offers potential upsides, it also brings with it risk.

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