US Department of Commerce Proposes Restrictions for AI Software Sales to Certain Countries
A new proposal by the US Department of Commerce is looking for ways to regulate artificial intelligence software, to prevent other countries from using AI technology against it.
The proposal lists areas of AI software that might require a license to sell to certain countries. The categories include “computer vision” and “natural language processing,” as well as military-specific products like adaptive camouflage and surveillance technology.
According to The Quartz, the report explicitly names several countries, including China. This builds on billion dollars-worth of trade tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.
Separately, the White House is also looking to bolster the US’s AI position. In May it announced the creation of a Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence after executives from tech companies including Amazon, Google, and Facebook met with the Trump administration to discuss the country’s future in artificial intelligence.