Absent congressional action, the task will fall to other government bodies — such as consumer protection agencies and financial regulators — to try to regulate AI under existing laws, said Sarah Myers West, managing director of the AI Now Institute and a former AI advisor to the Federal Trade Commission.

But, she added, many agencies need more funding to take on the added work, and executive agencies’ reach is increasingly under threat by court challenges, which could make the government’s job of protecting Americans from AI even harder — or dump the problem onto state legislatures.

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