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U.S. considers export controls for AI, other emerging tech

Joe Mont | November 26, 2018

Citing national security concerns, the Commerce Department is proposing initiatives that could impose the government’s first regulatory regime for the use of artificial intelligence technology. Other cutting-edge technologies are also under consideration for enhanced export controls, according to a recently published advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR).

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security controls the export of “dual-use and less sensitive military items” through export regulations, described in the Defense Production Act of 1950. These responsibilities include the Commerce Control List

Congress, with the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA), authorized the Commerce Department to establish appropriate controls on “emerging and foundational technologies.” Under the Act,...

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