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Forget the Fed, Silicon Valley steps in to regulate artificial intelligence




Elon Musk speaks during an event to launch the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV on September 29, 2015 in Fremont.
Elon Musk speaks during an event to launch the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV on September 29, 2015 in Fremont.
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From the telephone industry to the internet, history has shown time and again that when it comes to regulating new technology, the federal government has always been playing catch up.

Most of the time, inventors and technologists have taken advantage of this policy limbo, seeing regulation more as a roadblock than an enabling force.

But not so with artificial intelligence. OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research startup founded by Elon Musk, works to promote the field by giving away their open source findings. But it also sees the potential for its research to fall into the wrong hands. So what it’s started to do is to recruit vigilantes of sorts -- think of them as AI cops -- that can suss out malicious codes and bad actors in the nascent and rapidly developing field.

Guest:

Matthew Scherer, an attorney and legal scholar in Portland, Oregon who writes on the intersection of law and artificial intelligence; he is also the editor of the blog, Law and AI