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US creates law to protect people from artificial intelligence

It sounds surreal, but we’ve been immersed in the race for artificial intelligence for a few years, to the point that if you just do a Google search and put NVIDIA, you’ll see that the result and the title that the company put on it’s not exactly a game company, but an AI-focused company. Well, it assumes a series of innate risks to the technology that takes it to such an extent that the United States government has taken action on the matter to protect Americans with the so-called “Plan an AI Bill of Rights“.

You might think this is something out of science fiction, but no, it does happen and in fact, when you finish reading this article you will understand and agree that it is possible that it is indeed necessary .

The “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights”


This new law that is currently in draft contains a series of non-binding guidelines and suggestions that the government says provide a statement of national values, tools and other sets to help lawmakers and businesses protect proposals. and political products that are established.

A year of data collection, opinions of professionals and legislators in between to have the main and first contributions on algorithmic damage, the key data and above all, how to modify or remedy them. As expressed, the document is an approach that aims to counter all this, all that Artificial Intelligence could cause misuse by companies, users or perhaps, if it somehow acquires its own consciousness.

But what do they mean? How is an AI going to cause so many problems? Well, the worries seem to come from the surveillanceefficient systems, unfair insurance and coverage decisions, medical care and of course the data security. We need to understand that many of these tasks are already performed by AI algorithms on their own, and this represents a legal issue that directly affects users.

The use of technology, data and automated information systems is one of the great challenges facing democracy today. ways that threaten the rights of the American public. Too often, these tools are used to limit our opportunities and prevent us from accessing critical resources or services.”

Little more to add, except that everything will be based on five basic principles.

The pillars of this statement for AI


According to our information, it is the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House that will exert the most pressure with this new law, to do this they have written the 5 basic principles as if they were a kind of Asimov’s law.

  • Safe and efficient systems– Solicit community feedback on AI development and AI safeguards.
  • Protections against algorithmic discrimination: As if it were people, we will try to ensure that it is implemented fairly and without discrimination, neither positive nor negative.
  • data privacy: people must have authority over their data and how it is used.
  • Notice and explanation: Everyone needs to know and understand how and why a system an AI is working on has made a concrete decision and determination.
  • Human alternatives, consideration and support: people do not have to participate in the decisions of an AI and instead we have the right to have access to a human being, something like a current Call Center.

The White House wanted to point out something quite interesting:

“Where existing law or policy, such as privacy laws and industry-specific oversight requirements, do not yet provide guidance, the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights should be used to inform political decisions”

If that sounds very Minority Report to you, let us tell you that the European Union has been working on something similar for some time with the so-called AI law. and that is that ultimately someone has to be responsible for the system making bad decisions or failing and ending up harming others with these guidelines.

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