Create an advisory California commission on artificial intelligence (CCAI) and an associated research center in the university of California system, with funding and authority to provide timely recommendations for public and private adoption.

BACKGROUND

Investments and developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are moving at a rapid pace, and many leaders in the tech industry, government, and civil society have raised mounting concerns over the massively harmful potential of capabilities such as deepfake technology and generative AI. Just as California has taken leadership on digital privacy with the creation of the California Privacy Protection Agency, the state should create and fund a public-private partnership that includes an advisory Commission on Artificial Intelligence and an associated multi-campus research center in the University of California system, with funding and authority to provide timely recommendations for public and private adoption.

KEY FEATURES 

  • Create an advisory California Commission on Artificial Intelligence (CCAI) that includes representation from industry and community organizations, as well as academic research expertise in technology, ethics, economics, health and wellbeing.
  • Create an associated multi-campus research center in the University of California system, with funding and authority to conduct rigorous research and provide timely recommendations for public and private adoption.
  • The Commission and associated research center would seek to ensure that AI technology continues to advance human dignity and human agency
  • The Commission would prioritize topics with the potential for significant societal disruption and harm, including consumer fraud, electoral fraud, threats to infrastructure and services, and threats to health and wellbeing. 

IMPLEMENTATION AND SEQUENCING CONSIDERATIONS

  • Would strengthen the state‚Äôs current legislative efforts to create an Interagency Working Group on AI (SB 721) that is composed entirely of state government agency representatives that would take input from a broad group of stakeholders.
  • Would ensure greater voice and influence for research experts, community organizations, and businesses.
  • Would build on current proposed legislation (AB 331) that would require developers of automated decision software to provide annual impact assessment reports of their tool and would forbid the deployment of automated tools that generate discrimination or bias in employment, housing, education, health care, financial services, and criminal justice.
  • Would provide the necessary funding to ensure that research is conducted in a rigorous, timely, and independent manner, drawing on expertise across the 10 campuses of the University of California