States act while Congress stalls on AI regulations
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While setting guardrails around artificial intelligence is something Congress continues to grapple with, states are crafting standards and rules for businesses using the rapidly evolving technology.
Multiple states, including California, Illinois, Texas and Colorado, have introduced or passed laws focused on protecting consumers from harms caused by AI. Though businesses, insurance companies and government agencies have used AI for years in hiring, lending and housing decisions, concerns about the technology making biased and discriminatory decisions are rampant.
Indeed, research has shown that algorithms and automated decision-making tools can result in discriminatory decisions. A 2020 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine showed that an AI algorithm decreased transplant referral opportunities for Black patients. Another report from ProPubli …