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Publications: Hodan Omaar

May 20, 2024

Picking the Right Policy Solutions for AI Concerns

Some concerns are legitimate, but others are not. Some require immediate regulatory responses, but many do not. And a few require regulations addressing AI specifically, but most do not.

May 3, 2024

Comments to the Competition Bureau Canada Regarding AI and Competition

The artificial intelligence market in Canada is still in its early stages but is growing rapidly and becoming increasingly competitive. At this juncture, there is no clear evidence of market failure, substantial barriers to entry, or exclusionary practices that would necessitate intervention.

April 29, 2024

Comments to OMB on Responsible AI Procurement

OMB should support the development of voluntary standard terms for AI contracts to make procurement more efficient and expand access to federal contracts to as diverse and large a pool of vendors as possible so federal agencies can access the best systems.

April 25, 2024

Letter in Support of the “The Future of AI Innovation Act”

This legislation lays out a proactive agenda to foster responsible AI development and deployment in the United States.

April 13, 2024

Congress Should Fund the Creation of a Similarity Checker for Music

A landmark ruling in 2015 made it harder for artists and record labels to determine where permissible influence and interpolation become impermissible appropriation and plagiarism. Congress should make things more consistent, accurate, and fair by directing the Copyright Office to launch a competition for the private sector to come up with an AI-enabled tool to compare how similar a musical composition or recording is to existing copyright-protected works.

February 20, 2024

California’s Bill to Regulate Frontier AI Models Undercuts More Sensible Federal Efforts

California's new AI bill stands to seriously hinder the development of state-of-the-art systems in the state, where much of the frontier AI development in the U.S. is taking place. And since California often sets the tone for action in other states, this bill risks setting a precedent for a fragmented regulatory landscape for AI safety across the country.

December 6, 2023

Statement to the US Senate AI Insight Forum on “Risk, Alignment, and Guarding Against Doomsday Scenarios”

Cloaking narratives about existential risks of AI in apocalyptic religious language only serves to prevent good-faith efforts to address potential risk scenarios.

November 17, 2023

The AIRIA Bill Would Force the Commerce Department to Bite Off More Than It Can Chew

While the Artificial Intelligence Research, Innovation, and Accountability (AIRIA) Act strikes the balance between innovation and accountability better than other AI policy proposals, it puts the horse before the cart, requiring the Commerce Department to come up with technical solutions to complex, nontechnical problems that haven’t been fully defined yet.

November 3, 2023

Jumping on the Bletchley Declaration’s Existential AI Risk Bandwagon Hurts the US and AI

The decision by so many governments, especially the United States, to legitimize the belief that AI presents an existential risk that governments must address will seriously undermine efforts to rapidly develop and adopt the technology for beneficial purposes.

October 10, 2023

The U.S. Approach to Quantum Policy

In the nearly 25 years since NSF held the U.S. government’s first workshop on the topic, it has become increasingly apparent that quantum information science has the potential to drive major advances in computing power, secure communication, and scientific discovery. So, the government has rightly recognized it needs to play an active role in ensuring the nation remains competitive in this critical field.

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