Another issue is the time frame for regulation, as reflected in the EU’s slow-walk approach to new rules for AI. Most focus on fears about what AI could potentially do in the future but ignore the here and now, said Sarah Myers West, managing director of the AI Now Institute and a former senior advisor on AI to the Federal Trade Commission. She cited concerns about the “very real harms that are unfolding before us right now,” from the spread of misinformation to exacerbating inequality.

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