The AI Regulatory Alignment Problem


Publish Date:
November 1, 2023
  • Neel Guha, Christie M. Lawrence, Lindsey A. Gailmard, Kit T. Rodolfa, Faiz Surani, Rishi Bommasani, Inioluwa Deborah Raji, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Colleen Honigsberg, Percy Liang, & Daniel E. Ho, The AI Regulatory Alignment Problem, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, November 2023.
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While the AI alignment problem—the notion that machine and human values may not be aligned—has arisen as an impetus for regulation, what is less recognized is that hurried calls to regulate create their own regulatory alignment problem, where proposals may distract, fail, or backfire. In this brief, we shed light on this “regulatory misalignment” problem by considering the technical and institutional feasibility of four commonly proposed AI regulatory regimes. Some proposals may fail to address the problems they set out to solve due to technical or institutional constraints, while others may even worsen those problems or introduce entirely new harms.