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Summary: In September, discussions on AI regulation unfolded in the U.S. and Europe, addressing concerns about AI’s impact on society; the European Union’s AI Act moved closer to implementation, while Germany pledged increased funding for AI. Business-wise, the surge in generative AI lawsuits underscored the need for guidelines on responsibility and compensation.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming embedded into the fabric of virtually every aspect of our lives, and it seems like it happened overnight. Because of this fast-paced acceleration, politicians, businesses and everyday users are scrambling to understand it, navigate it and manage it so that it’s used for the good. Check out the hot topics we’ve been reading about in September.

U.S. Regulations

In early September, a closed door Senate session was held in Washington D.C., comprising 60 senators, labor and civil rights leaders and technology leaders such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others. The goal was to further discuss the threats and opportunities of AI in the hopes of establishing legislation that could set guardrails on the technology. 

While Elon Musk expressed concerns about AI’s threat to humanity, Bill Gates highlighted the role it could play in addressing world hunger. Another topic raised was open source AI programs, which are raising concerns, since they are available over the Internet to anyone to use, yet also allow the democratization of AI to occur. Everyone agreed that the U.S. government needs to play a role in regulating AI.

European Regulations

The European Union’s (EU’s) AI Act is a legislative proposal to regulate artificial Intelligence based on its potential to cause harm. The draft law is currently at the last stage of the legislative process, involving the EU Council, Parliament, and Commission. The EU AI act was approved by the European Parliament earlier this year and is now subject to negotiations with member states before it comes into effect.

Additionally, according to Reuters, Germany plans on doubling its public funding for AI to nearly one billion euros over the next two years, as it works to better compete with the U.S. and China

Business Developments

The flood gates of generative AI lawsuits have burst open, as individuals and companies work to receive payment for use of copyrighted material by AI developers or those that develop content based on it. In September, Microsoft told customers of its AI Copilot solution that it would take responsibility if they face legal consequences of copyright infringement, under its Copilot Copyright Commitment. These issues reinforce the need to set guidelines as to who is responsible when AI is libel, or how artists are compensated when their work is used.

Arts & Entertainment

Speaking of AI lawsuits, authors, Michael Chabon, David Henry Hwang, David Henry and other playwrights and authors are suing Meta Platforms’ Llama AI model; as well as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which they say were trained on their content.

Additionally, the use of generative AI in television and movie writing has been a major point of contention during the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) implied that it intends to harness the technology instead of outright banning it, yet, what has not been addressed is how copyrighting will occur, since content generated by AI is not copyrightable.

These issues are just the tip of the iceberg as we navigate a brave new world of AI. Stay tuned for more developments in next month’s Wovenware Monthly AI Index.

Wovenware Monthly AI Index: Insights & Trends

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