Computerworld.com reported that “California has done a great job, but its policies are not binding outside of its borders. The US is more freewheeling and supportive of business innovation than many other nations. That can be  one of this country’s strengths. But genAI, and AI in general, has the potential to be as destructive as it can be constructive.”  The June 26, 2024 article entitled “AI regulation: While Congress fiddles, California gets it done” (https://tinyurl.com/yckfmx43) included these comments:

 There are about 650 proposed state bills in 47 states and more than 100 federal congressional proposals related to AI, according to Multistate.ai. New York alone is home to 98 bills and California has 55.

When regulations are codified in so many ways by so many sources in so many places, the chance for conflicting directives is high — and the result could stifle business and leave loopholes in protections.

AI’s complexity adds to the confusion as do the numerous aspects of AI that warrant regulation. The list is lengthy, including job protection, consumer privacy, bias prevention and discrimination, deepfakes, disinformation, election fraud, intellectual property, copyright, housing, biometrics, healthcare, financial services, and national security risks.

So far, the federal government has dragged its feet on AI regulation, seemingly more focused on party politics and infighting than in crafting useful measures. As a result, Congress has not been an effective tool for structuring regulation policy.

The time for congressional action on AI regulation was two or three years ago. But with little being done federally, the states, particularly California, are attempting to fill the breach.

Given California’s leadership in privacy this is not a surprise!

First published at https://www.vogelitlaw.com/blog/big-surprise-california-becomes-the-national-leader-on-ai-regulation