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Two states in the United States take the lead in regulating artificial intelligence

Regulating Artificial Intelligence: Colorado and Connecticut Lead the Way

Colorado and Connecticut Take Lead in Regulating AI in Absence of Federal Legislation

In the absence of overarching federal legislation, Colorado and Connecticut have emerged as pioneers in regulating artificial intelligence (AI) in the United States. Both states have taken bold steps to establish a framework for the rapidly evolving technology, despite facing resistance from the industry.

Connecticut initially set the tone for AI regulation, but Governor Ned Lamont recently raised concerns about proposed legislation being too stringent. The Governor emphasized the need to balance innovation with necessary protections, urging caution in moving forward with regulations.

On the other hand, Colorado is now under pressure to follow suit, with Governor Jared Polis facing calls to act on a proposed bill. The tech industry has been lobbying against state-by-state approaches to AI regulation, arguing for a more unified strategy.

While some industry experts fear that overregulation could stifle innovation, proponents of the legislation argue that a foundation must be set to address the risks and challenges associated with AI. Democratic state Rep. Brianna Titone emphasized that the bill is just the first step in an ongoing conversation with the tech industry and lawmakers.

Governor Polis has until June 7 to make a decision on the bill, as other states look on to see how the issue of AI regulation unfolds. Ultimately, finding a balance between fostering innovation and ensuring ethical and responsible AI development remains a key challenge for policymakers in Colorado and Connecticut.

As the debate continues, efforts will continue to find common ground and establish regulations that promote the growth and responsible use of artificial intelligence in the United States.

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