Half of Americans say Congress should take 'swift action' to regulate AI: poll

About half of Americans said Congress should be taking action to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) technology, according to a poll released Thursday.  Fifty-four percent of polled registered voters said Congress should take “swift action” to regulate the technology in a way that promotes privacy, fairness and safety to ensure “maximum benefit to society with minimal risks,” according to the poll conducted for the Omidyar Network-funded Tech Oversight Project.  Behind the scenes: The AI arms race is on. Are regulators ready? Only 15 percent of respondents said that regulating AI will stifle innovation and put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage, according to the poll shared exclusively with The Hill.  The tech industry has raised concerns around regulations stifling innovation and harming the U.S. in global competition over AI. At the same time, national security and tech experts have been warning Congress to take action as generative AI tools, like the popular ChatGPT chatbot, enter the public market.  The poll also found that 41 percent of voters said Congress should be the driving force behind AI regulation. Just 20 percent said that tech companies, such as Google, Apple, Meta, Amazon and Microsoft, should be leading the way.  An additional 39 percent said they are not sure who should lead on AI regulations. Conducted by Change Research, the poll surveyed 1.208 registered voters nationwide between April 28 and May 2. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.  As AI technology ramps up, both through powering automated systems and through generative tools,…Half of Americans say Congress should take 'swift action' to regulate AI: poll