Proposals to meet global challenges in artificial intelligence and technology regulation

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On this fifth episode from the Blueprints for American Renewal and Prosperity project, two Brookings experts discuss their blueprints for strengthening governance to meet key international challenges in the technology arena. Senior Fellow Landry Signé is co-author with Stephan Almond of “A blueprint for technology governance in the post-pandemic world,” and Senior Fellow Joshua Meltzer is co-author with Cameron Kerry of “Strengthening international cooperation on artificial intelligence.”

Also on this episode, Senior Fellow David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings, looks at the politics and the economics around raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Listen to this segment on Soundcloud.

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MELTZER: So this is the paper coauthored with Cameron Kerry, and it focuses on strengthening international cooperation on artificial intelligence. And the basic approach of the paper is to identify what the existing approaches to AI policy development, both at the domestic level but also what’s happening in various international and other multilateral forums to look at some of the challenges that are arising that essentially drive the need for international cooperation on AI, to look at the limitations of the current sort of mechanisms for international cooperation. And then we propose a range of policy recommendations for this administration to take forward to really build a more systemic approach to AI cooperation internationally.

SIGNÉ: The paper, “A Blueprint for Technology Governance in the Post Pandemic World,” was coauthored with Stephen Almond. As a matter of fact, too often regulations struggle to keep pace with innovation, whether we speak about new ideas, products, or business models, they are hampered while citizens are so often left without options. So as government seeks to build back better in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a more agile, innovative, enabling approach to regulation is needed. So, our paper presents a blueprint for regulatory reforms offices to introduce a more innovative enabling approach to regulation across government and to seize the opportunities of technological change. So, I think we really try to ensure that on the one hand, the fast pace of technological innovation can continue. And on the other hand, the ability of governments to regulate those innovations such so that they serve the greater good is also enabled.

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