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HAI’s explainers and issues briefs take AI/ML relevant legislation or other legal documents and highlight key points so anyone can efficiently find the information needed to make effective decisions.

Brief Definitions of Key Terms in AIKey Terms

A reference guide for key terms related to artificial intelligence. 

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Summary of AI Provisions from the National Defense Authorization Act 2022Policy Resources

January 2022
The 2022 NDAA contains a number of provisions directly relevant to artificial intelligence (AI). We identified and described the provisions related to AI and other activities or technologies that could impact U.S. advancement of AI in this 2,165-page bill.

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Summary of AI Provisions from the National Defense Authorization Act 2021Policy Resources

January 2021
Numerous provisions of consequence related to artificial intelligence (AI) were included in the final conference report of the NDAA. Here, we summarize the AI aspects of the 4,517 page bill so you don’t have to. This explainer provides a step-by-step rundown of every provision in the final conference report that speaks to AI.

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The European Commission’s Artificial Intelligence ActEuropean Commission

June 2021
Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have led to excitement about important scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Increasingly, however, researchers in AI safety, ethics, and other disciplines are identifying risks in how AI technologies are developed, deployed, and governed. Academics, policymakers, and technologists have called for more proactive measures to tackle risks associated with AI and its applications. These range from voluntary frameworks to supranational legislation. Legislative action is on the rise. The world’s first legal framework for AI was unveiled on April 21, 2021, when the European Commission published a  to regulate “high-risk” AI use cases.

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Election 2020 Issue BriefsPolicy Resources

November 2020
In this issue brief series, HAI associate director Rob Reich and HAI fellow Marietje Schaake examine how technology will impact public debate, affect the electoral process, and may even determine the election outcome.

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Recovering & Readying Our Economy for the FuturePolicy Resources

September 2020
Susan Athey’s Written Testimony to House Budget Committee Hearing on Machines, Artificial Intelligence, & the Workforce.

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Input on the European Commission White Paper “On Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust”Policy Resources

November 2020
White Paper by “Wonks and Techies,” a multi-disciplinary group at Stanford University, cooperating on international technology and policy issues, led by Ms. Marietje Schaake.

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