AI Regulation: A Global Effort to Mitigate Risks and Foster Responsible Development

United Nations makes decision to combat risks of artificial intelligence

Recently, the US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that all 193 members of the UN General Assembly had unanimously agreed to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent it from controlling human society. This decision is a part of a global effort to monitor AI technology development and mitigate potential risks such as democratic process disruptions, fraud, and job losses.

Last November, several countries including the US and UK signed an international agreement on protecting AI from counterfeiting. Europe has been at the forefront of regulating AI, with EU lawmakers adopting a temporary agreement this month. The Biden administration in the US has urged lawmakers to regulate AI, but progress has been slow due to political polarization.

In an effort to reduce risks associated with AI, the White House issued a new executive order in October aimed at protecting consumers, workers, and minorities while enhancing national security. After almost four months of negotiations, the decision provides a set of principles for guiding future development and use of AI.

While negotiations faced opposition from countries like Russia and China, the US administration engaged in discussions to address differing views. Despite objections from China and Russia who are exploring various uses for AI technology, the international community is working towards creating a framework for responsible development and deployment of AI technologies.

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