AI and Emerging Technologies in Licensed Professions

Artificial Intelligence is the next wave of technology — it is being implemented in every field from agriculture to medicine and its ability to impact our society, for both better and worse, should not be understated. The desire to regulate AI in the US has many motives, like protecting American jobs and monitoring the ethics behind implementation of these technologies. Despite these desires, the US is falling behind on the international playing field of AI development with large pushes for progress and regulation only beginning in February of 2019. Within the US, California is championing the state-level policy focus along with several other states.

The timeline for California is only slightly ahead of the nation as a whole: the big push for AI legislation in the state came in the second half of 2018. The Little Hoover Commission, California's Independent State Oversight Agency, published a report entitled "Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California" in November 2018. The report "calls for immediate action by the Governor and Legislature to adopt an agenda that revolves around public engagement, building a human infrastructure, attacking pressing social needs, and protecting core values." The report's contents, as well as an overview of AI and the report's recommendations, were presented to the Select Committee on Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California on June 25, 2019.  While the Committee has yet to release anything concrete, its presence alone is enough to demonstrate California's proactive approach towards the safe and steady implementation of AI.

CPIL continues to research and support routes of effective policy on AI which neither stymie AI growth in the state nor leave the population vulnerable to technologies with uncertain ramifications.