Virtualization Technology News and Information
Mitek 2022 Predictions: 2022 Will Introduce the World's First AI Bill of Rights

vmblog predictions 2022 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2022.  Read them in this 14th annual series exclusive.

2022 Will Introduce the World's First AI Bill of Rights

By Stephen Ritter, Chief Technology Officer, Mitek

The White House Science and Technology Council made headlines in 2021 when it announced plans to explore a "bill of rights" for artificial intelligence technologies. Already the U.S. Department of Commerce has started sourcing candidates for its new National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee, and official legislation for the proposed AI Bill of Rights will likely not be far behind.

Legislation that limits the non-consensual scope and impact of AI on consumers is badly needed, as demonstrated recently by the whistleblower accusations against Meta's use of algorithms to prioritize engagement even on harmful content.  With access to decades of historical user data, algorithms like these have become adept at predicting a person's response to any piece of content and pushing more to elicit the highest levels of emotional response and engagement. AI has no malicious intent in promoting potentially harmful content, it's simply a machine doing what is has been taught, but that does not disqualify it from requiring limitations around what it can do and what data it can access.

Somewhat like the European Union's GDPR, a bill focused on consumer protections won't limit innovation from companies providing AI solutions - so long as they obtain consumer's consent to use their data. It will instead act as a shield against businesses marketing or otherwise using that data without disclosing it. In a world where our lives and identities are increasingly linked to our online presence, many experts are now recognizing the need for limitations on how much of that information AI can access and potentially influence without our knowledge or consent.

Fortunately, the United States will not be alone in undertaking this task alone. The E.U. has also released a preliminary framework with the organization's plans to regulate the use of artificial intelligence technologies, which could serve as a valuable platform for other AI legislation to build upon. Critically, the proposed European legislation also recognizes the distinction between how AI is used (and accordingly, how its scope may need to be regulated) between different industries such as banking, healthcare, or retail. There can be no one-size-fits-all approach to a technology as complex and nuanced as AI, and this is where the National AI Advisory Committee will play a crucial role. Congress has shown a serious lack of understanding during hearings on other technologies in the past, and so having experts from a variety of fields using AI will provide much-needed insights into how best to regulate it.

While 2022 will likely see the introduction of the world's first AI Bill of Rights, this will also not be the end of that process. Just like any important policy, the legislation will be refined in the years ahead as AI technologies grow and become more sophisticated. The enactment of these policies could not come at a more important time, and it will continue to provide much-needed protections for consumers both in the U.S. and abroad into the future.



Steve Ritter 

Stephen Ritter is the Chief Technology Officer at Mitek. It addition to driving the technical development of Mitek's award-winning mobile deposit, mobile image capture technology and ID card verification solutions, Stephen also oversees the company's computer vision and scientific team at Mitek Labs. He has more than 25 years of experience in machine learning, security, cloud, and biometric technologies, and brings to the team an innovative source of technical leadership and expertise. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego and has co-authored eight patents.

Published Friday, January 28, 2022 7:36 AM by David Marshall
There are no comments for this post.
To post a comment, you must be a registered user. Registration is free and easy! Sign up now!
<January 2022>