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Professor: Lawmakers Must Treat Google Like A “World Power”

June 12th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Artificial Intelligence
Victor Tangermann

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In March, Google created an ethics board to help guide its efforts in the world of AI — and then killed it a week later.

On Wednesday, a member of that now-defunct board — University of Bath computer science associate professor Joanna Bryson — spoke out about her short-lived experience on the doomed project during a panel at London’s CognitionX conference.

She also shared her bold suggestion for how lawmakers should approach regulating Google in the future, due to its vast reach and influence: start treating it like a world power instead of just another tech company.

World Power

According to Bryson, lawmakers will need to work with massive companies like Google to shape the future of AI.

“It’s worth engaging with Google because it is a world power,” she told the audience at CognitionX, according to Business Insider, adding that lawmakers “need to start negotiating with these large organisations and figuring out how to govern them.”

Team Effort

Bryson thinks this task will be too immense for a single country’s government to handle alone, however.

“A nation can govern the small or medium-sized companies in that government, but there is no one government that is in charge of all the countries where Google has impact,” she said, later adding, “We need to figure out a way to bring this into the world order, including getting these companies to pay their taxes.”

READ MORE: A member of Google’s disastrous AI council says the company needs to be treated like a ‘world power’ [Business Insider]

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