For AI laws, China joins the U.S. in asking the public to chime in

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China has released a new draft regulation that it says is necessary to ensure the safe development of generative artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as ChatGPT

While it supports the innovative use of AI algorithms to improve user experience and access to information, the growth of such applications can lead to abuse. Emphasis should be placed on such tools and data resources to be used safely and reliably, said the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). 

Regulations were needed to drive a healthy and sustainable development of generative AI algorithms, said the government agency, as it published the draft laws on its website. 

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Under the proposed rules, operators will be required to send their applications to regulators for “safety reviews” before offering the services to the public, according to a report by state-owned media Global Times. They also are not to use AI algorithms and data to engage in unfair competition. 

The CAC’s draft laws further establish guidelines to which generative AI services must adhere, such as the types of content such applications can generate. These will ensure the accuracy of information and prevent the spread of false information, the regulator said. 

The draft laws are open for public feedback until May 10. 

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The move comes a day after the U.S. government said it was seeking public input on AI accountability. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s

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