1st state begins AI regulation

Colorado has become the first state to enact a comprehensive plan to regulate artificial intelligence, a move that has elicited mixed reactions, Politico reported May 22.

The new legislation aims to enhance consumer protections when AI is used for key healthcare decisions. It mandates that AI developers and deployers address algorithmic bias related to reproductive health, genetic information and other data. Additionally, developers must disclose information about AI systems that make high-risk decisions. These measures are intended to ensure transparency and accountability in AI applications, particularly in healthcare.

The law includes exemptions for technologies that comply with existing standards finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services in December. These standards require AI developers to provide more detailed disclosures about their products' operations.

But, critics warn the law "could open the floodgates to AI over-regulation across the nation," while supporters argue it simply establishes "baseline accountability and transparency" for technology used in making critical decisions, including patient care.

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