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China's AI regulations face technical challenge

March 17, 2022

Russell Wald, policy director at Stanford University's Institute for Human-Centered AI, participated in a Q&A with Makenzie Holland for TechTarget last week. Wald provides context and commentary on China’s new AI regulations, what the implications might be for international businesses if China will use the guidance for their own AI surveillance, and how feasible the regulations will be to implement.

China is one of the first countries to enact AI regulations. What’s yet to be seen is how technically difficult it may be for businesses to adhere to the requirements. This will be an issue across the globe as AI regulations continue to roll out. Questions that need to be considered are:

  • How to technically achieve compliance
  • How to handle consumer complaints at scale on a national, and possibly international, level
  • How AI regulations in one country will affect businesses globally

Wald comments on where the EU and U.S. stand comparatively:

"The EU or U.S. system of open debate around this is ultimately driving us in the right space. Not fast enough, but still a better pathway forward. What I do have concerns about in the U.S. is we are woefully behind."

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