In a recent column, Still highlighted state-level efforts to get ahead of the rapidly evolving artificial intelligence industry, noting about 400 bills have been introduced or enacted around the country. While California alone has about 50 AI-related bills under consideration, he says Wisconsin may be among the states taking a “more deliberate” path to regulating the technology.

“Delaware plans to create a bipartisan commission with both public and private members to recommend regulatory paths, and Wisconsin appears to be doing much the same,” he wrote. “Through the Legislative Council, a non-partisan service arm of the Wisconsin Legislature since 1947, a study committee has been established.”

The committee is charged with reviewing uses of AI and making recommendations for its use and development, including its potential application in “disinformation and artificial imagery” and other high-risk uses, Still noted, though “high-risk” has yet to be defined in this context.

Wisconsin also has several other designated AI committees: the 2023 Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, which held a series of public hearings on the topic; and the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence, which is set to deliver its final action plan in July.

“Nvidia and other innovators have proven the market has embraced AI, a tech-blue genie that cannot be crammed back into the bottle,” he wrote. “The trick will be adopting regulations that don’t shut down legitimate needs and opportunities while keeping deep fakes, disinformation and privacy breaches at a minimum.”

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