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Left-wing dark money group pushes for AI regulations on 'unaccountable Big Tech' over fears of 'election manipulation,' ‘bias and discrimination'

  A left-wing dark money group is pushing for heavy regulations on the artificial intelligence industry, warning that rapid technology advan...

 A left-wing dark money group is pushing for heavy regulations on the artificial intelligence industry, warning that rapid technology advancements made by "unaccountable Big Tech companies" could worsen "election manipulation" and "bias and discrimination," the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

Accountable Tech, a nonprofit group dedicated to mitigating "Big Tech's societal harms," recently released a report advocating for AI regulations.

The report "Zero Trust AI Governance" calls for "swift federal action" to rein in "rapid advances in AI" to "protect civil rights, advance democratic ideals, and improve people's lives."

"Near-term harms include turbocharging election manipulation and scams, exacerbating bias and discrimination, eroding privacy and autonomy, and many more. And additional systemic threats loom in the medium and longer terms, like steep environmental costs, large-scale workforce disruptions, and further consolidation of power by Big Tech across the digital economy," the report stated.

To reduce those risks, Accountable Tech provided three recommended principles, including "vigorously enforcing existing laws," "bold, easily administrable, bright-line rules," and placing the "burden" on "companies to prove their systems are not harmful." 

The group argued that examining how other high-risk products are regulated could be useful when developing AI regulations. In particular, Accountable Tech cited the FDA's approval process for new drugs. 

"At every stage of the drug development process, companies must adhere to bright-line rules and FDA standards, conduct extensive testing to identify and account for all foreseeable risks, ensure those risks are outweighed by the benefits, and show their work to regulators, knowing that not moving the drug toward market is a likely outcome," the report explained.

"This is not necessarily a call for a new 'FDA for AI,' nor is this regime a one-to-one prescription for AI governance, which must be much faster-moving and more elastic, but it's a helpful guidepost," it continued. "Large-scale AI models and automated decision systems should similarly be subject to a strong set of pre-deployment requirements."

Accountable Tech previously led a boycott effort against Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter. In a November letter, the group encouraged that platform's "top advertisers" to demand that Musk stop providing "a megaphone to extremists who traffic in disinformation, hate, and harassment."

"Under the guise of 'free speech,' his vision will silence and endanger marginalized communities, and tear at the fraying fabric of democracy," the letter read.

Accountable Tech is a project of North Fund, which describes itself as a nonprofit, "nonpartisan social impact organization" aimed at fostering a "more just, fair, and equitable" world. North Fund is one of several nonprofit groups managed by Arabella Advisors, a for-profit company that "partners with people and groups working to achieve philanthropic goals." Arabella Advisors, which has previously received funding from George Soros' nonprofit system, funnels dark money to various left-leaning nonprofits and individuals.

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