Artificial intelligence can offer countless benefits. However, it can also be dangerous if it’s not properly regulated. Since no one wants to experience robots taking over the world, turning life as we know it into an apocalyptic Sci-Fi movie, Sundar Pichai has a solution.
The CEO of Alphabet and Google is calling for the regulation of artificial intelligence. At a conference in Brussels, he talks about how it needs to be regulated and how there needs to be “international alignment.” He said that the real question is how to approach it.
The European Commission is already scheduled to present a white paper that sets the path forward with artificial intelligence over the next five years. One draft shows that facial recognition would be banned in public places.
Pichai says that while there are enormous benefits for Europe and the rest of the world with AI, there are also concerns about the possible negative consequences, with specific mentions of deep fakes and facial recognition.
The tech CEO has already identified that the United States and the European Union were developing regulatory approaches on AI.
It appears that Washington and Brussels may not be on the same page after recent developments have surfaced. The Trump administration recently rolled out light-touch guidelines regarding the regulation of driverless cars and trucks. This will advance the light-touch approach to tech regulation which is a sharp contrast to the strategy that many key leaders in Europe are advocating.
Pichai has argued that the General Data Protection Regulation, the sweeping privacy reform that Europe is working on, could be the basis for AI regulation.
With the Alphabet and Google CEO arguably knowing more about AI than many others, it’s worth listening to all that he has to say. He identifies that a good regulatory framework will take into consideration a number of factors, including safety, accountability, fairness, and explainability. He also wants to make sure that the right tools are being developed “in the right ways.” This would also require tailored implementation for the different sectors.
Pichai already acknowledges that different sectors will need to take different approaches to how AI is used and regulated. However, that still means that guidelines have to be in place so that the sectors have regulations in place to operate within. Rather than having a different framework in place in every part of the world, it would make sense if everyone aligned.
The World Wide Web has already helped to connect the world. With AI running on the web, it would be sensible to establish international regulations. Since Brussels and Washington are already separating in terms of how they’re establishing things, an intervention will need to occur. Whether Pichai is going to take the lead to show Washington how they should be regulating AI or not is unknown at this point.
The dangers of AI are still unknown, though there are plenty of tech gurus who have made hypotheses. When AI is programmed in certain ways, it can do devastating things. This includes everything from autonomous weapons to humans losing control of dangerous situations. There’s also the possibility that AI programming is so strict that it results in people getting charged for crimes that they didn’t commit simply because of inaccurate algorithms.
Everyone is in agreement that AI is beneficial when used properly. However, when there isn’t enough regulation in place, it can make it so that AI is being used in areas where it doesn’t belong. If one country uses facial recognition and another doesn’t, how does that impact privacy and geoengineering?
With more AI milestones being achieved each and every day, there’s a greater need to have regulation in place – and Pichai is right to want to see that it be internationally aligned. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before one country’s ineffective regulations wreak havoc for the rest of the world.
Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sundar Pichai, and others have been talking about artificial intelligence and how it should and shouldn’t be regulated. Unfortunately, though, they’re not politicians. This means that they must have the opportunity to share their knowledge with the politicians to ensure that regulations are put into place that allows AI to flourish without posing dangers to the communities and ecosystems as a result.
Pichai has already identified that there’s an issue and that something needs to be done. Now, it’s a waiting game to determine if those in charge will listen – and whether it’s possible for Brussels and Washington to align so that we’re one step closer to international regulations for AI.