EDITORIAL: There is an urgent need to regulate AI

Nov 17, 2023 | Editorial, OP-ED

The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the digital world significantly.

AI is an emerging technology solving many problems and that is scary.

From self-driving cars to predicting earthquakes, AI is changing the world at an astonishing speed.

However, the risks associated with the AI can’t be ignored.

It has become difficult to examine what is real and what is AI-generated.

Social media is now full of pictures and videos generated by AI, blurring the line between what is real and what is AI-generated.

From art to the music industry, AI is proving to have a profound effect on many industries.

AI can clone voices that will affect the music industry in the future. By replicating the vocals of the music artists with astonishing accuracy, the very essence of authenticity is dying.

This not only risks the quality of their work, but it also endangers the true meaning of artistic expression.

Something similar happened when a TikTok user released an AI-generated song from Drake and The Weeknd, which went viral. The full version of the song was released on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

Drake’s record label Universal Music Group expressed its displeasure and gave a statement.

The statement said using music artists’ voices to create AI songs is a violation of copyright law. Through this statement, Universal Music Group urged platforms to prevent the harmful uses of AI.

There is an urgent need to regulate the use of AI as there is no law regulating it.

Recently, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the first AI executive order, which included civil rights guidance and data privacy.

The blueprint of this AI Bill of Rights included a set of principles designed to guide the use of AI.

This executive order urges large companies to share safety test results with the U.S. government before the release of an AI system to prioritize the safety of those using AI.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also met Elon Musk at a recent summit on AI.

Both discussed the impact of AI on the future. Musk talked about the AI future where no jobs will be needed.

However, Musk also warned about the humanoid robots that can chase you anywhere.

Musk said the government needs to play an active role when it comes to public safety while using AI.

“I agree with the vast majority of regulations,” he said.

There is no denying AI is the future of the world.

But along with the many expected benefits associated with AI, the potential dangers cannot be ignored.

The Canadian government and other governments should initiate regulations against AI, something similar to what the U.S. government did.