Q&A: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, chair of Calif. privacy and consumer protection cmte.

The assemblymember discusses her efforts to regulate the use of AI-backed automated decision-making systems.
California Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D) (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

State lawmakers are scrambling to respond to the rapid emergence of artificial intelligence technologies that learn as they go and can create text, audio, video and images based on prompts from the user. 

There are potential upsides and downsides to this new technology, which makes figuring out how to regulate it that much harder. One key area of concern for lawmakers is how AI is being used to make decisions that have traditionally been made by humans, especially consequential decisions in areas such as housing, health care and education.

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