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Survey of Global Artificial Intelligence Regulation: An Evolving and Varied Landscape

June 17, 2020

Global regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) is still in nascent stages, and countries are wrestling with how to simultaneously promote and control this new frontier of technology. While few countries have adopted formal regulations or other measures to govern the implementation and use of AI-based technologies, various international players, including countries and international organizations, have charted out their AI visions through national strategies or white papers.

This document surveys steps taken and proposals offered by the European Union (EU) and some of its member states, the United States, China, the United Kingdom, and a handful of international organizations to address the proliferation and implementation of AI. There are a range of approaches, with some proposals seeking to impose more stringent restrictions than others. Companies developing or using AI should stay versed in these efforts, which will serve as the foundation for potential industry and regulatory standards.


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