Why is Sen. Josh Hawley Pushing to Regulate Artificial Intelligence More?


Artificial intelligence is causing lawmakers to be concerned. They are now considering new regulations to regulate the technology. One of these lawmakers, Sen. Josh Hawley from Missouri, has an extensive history of engaging in Big Tech issues. AI fits perfectly into this trend.

Axios reported this morning that Hawley was passing around a framework for possible federal guardrails on AI. He may be able to find bipartisan support for a similar move. According to their report, this plan is based on five principles.

Hawley has developed a framework of AI legislation that focuses on corporate guardrails. He is circulating it to his colleagues. According to Axios’ view of the document, five principles are outlined in the outline:

  • Create a legal path for individuals to sue businesses over the harm caused by AI models.
  • AI models that collect sensitive data without consent will be subject to stiff penalties.
  • Limiting the use of AI technology by companies to reach children.
  • The United States should ban the importation of AI technology and American companies must not assist China in developing AI.
  • Licenses are required to create AI models.

Some groups, such as those who oppose more licensing and regulation, may question the necessity of such legislation.

Hawley said in an interview with Axios that he believes that it is important to look at the different aspects of this issue. He also wants to ensure that people have power. Major corporations should have the power.

The push for regulation must be nuanced and quick. Legislators will have to be careful not to stifle innovation in the tech sector by painting broad strokes. Hawley is working on a plan to allow safe innovation in the AI space without stifling it.

AI’s ethical dilemma is one of the most important factors that prompts the need for regulation. As AI systems become increasingly sophisticated and autonomous they are given more responsibility for making critical decisions that can have real-life implications. These technologies, from autonomous vehicles to algorithms for facial recognition, have immense power. They require ethical guidelines to guide their behavior and to prevent harm to people or society. Privacy concerns are also a major concern in the AI age, as Hawley points out. The risk of unauthorized access, misuse, or breaches increases as algorithms process large amounts of data. To protect personal data and to ensure AI systems are operating within legal boundaries, it may be necessary to have robust legislation.

Hawley does not directly address accountability, but it is an aspect that could require new regulations. Liability in the event of an error or harm is becoming more complex as AI makes decisions and executes actions. To allocate responsibility and establish accountability mechanisms for AI-related damages, clear legal frameworks must be established.

The drive for AI advancement will lead to a push toward regulation. Hawley was the first to bring it up, and it may be necessary. Legislation and regulation must be strong, but not so invasive that it breaks the very thing they are meant to help.