There have been discussions about having an AI Policy at the state level. While few governments have also initiated such efforts including the USA and India, prominent entrepreneurs like Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg have been vehemently talking & arguing about the need to regulate AI & otherwise. As we know ‘Policy’ by its nature must play a chasing role.
In my opinion, AI is going to shake the policy world for next few years. It does not sound intuitive, does it? Let us consider an example.
Spreading rumor is illegal in India; one can be charged for this and I am sure perpetrators would face the similar fate in many other countries as well. But you know what – algorithms can spread rumors too!
Now things suddenly become interesting – in such scenarios who is the real culprit? Internet users who created the factually incorrect content, Algorithms who gave this content an inappropriate/excessive importance & pushed it on millions of users’ feeds or Companies who own & run these platforms?
We are going to face these situations frequently going forward & the sooner we fix this, better it will be.
Ideally, any policy on Artificial Intelligence should incorporate and discuss following topics. While each of these topics is immensely important and calls for an individual and comprehensive write-up – which I may do in the near future – at this point let us begin the discussion with a brief intro to each.
An argument aired at times is that AI research, like any scientific research, is in need of regulation. Given the availability of open source components utilised for Artificial Intelligence research, it seems nearly impossible to impose such ‘regulations’ let alone a need for having them in the first place.