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  • Mal McCallion

China's AI Revolution: New Regulations Kick In

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Hold onto your microchips, folks!

China's pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) regulations are officially in play as of August 15th. These "Generative AI Measures" are the brainchild of six government agencies and mark a significant milestone in the global AI landscape.

So, what's in the AI rulebook? Well, the 24 guidelines are a mixed bag of requirements and restrictions designed to create a harmonious balance between state control and a thriving environment for innovation.

One of the standout measures? Platforms offering AI services must register them and pass a security review before they hit the public domain. It's a bit like a driving test for AI, ensuring each service is roadworthy and ready to roll.

And in a move that echoes the 'contains paid promotion' disclaimers we see on YouTube, the Chinese government is insisting on labels for AI-created content. This comes hot on the heels of China's ban on AI-generated images of President Xi Jinping earlier this year.

Data protection is another key focus. The guidelines stipulate that all data and foundation models must come from "legitimate sources" that respect intellectual property rights, have the necessary consent, and don't infringe on user privacy.

In a shift from the draft version, the final regulations have ditched specific monetary fines for guideline deviations. Instead, service providers have a three-month window to rectify any problematic content.

These regulations come at a time when China is flexing its AI muscles on the global stage. With tech giant Alibaba creating a rival to the popular chatbot ChatGPT, and a silent standoff with the U.S. over high-performing AI systems and chips, China is proving it's a force to be reckoned with in the AI arena.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is still in the AI regulation brainstorming phase, and the European Union is in the negotiation stage of its AI Act bill. As China takes the lead, it's clear that the race for AI dominance is well and truly on. So, buckle up, it's going to be an exciting ride!

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