The future of AI governance

AI is the most important technology of the twenty-first century and will profoundly impact every industry and segment of society. One of the central questions facing policy makers around the world is how to manage the benefits and drawbacks of this technology. While overly restrictive government regulation could stifle innovation and block AI’s advantages, a governance vacuum may create regulatory uncertainty that discourages investment even while leaving citizens vulnerable to potential harms. Ideally, AI governance effectively addresses its risks and reassures public confidence, while being capable of evolving with, rather than impeding its progress.

Soft Law

Governance of AI

"The real question is, when will we draft an artificial intelligence bill of rights? What will that consist of? And who will get to decide that?"

Gray Scott, futurist

What is soft law?

"Soft law mechanisms include various types of instruments that set forth substantive expectations but are not directly enforceable by government"

Gary Marchant, ASU Law

Can soft law help with AI governance?

"While soft law has been applied in many fields, there are multiple reasons why it is particularly well suited for AI."

John Villasenor, Brookings

This project of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, is made possible by a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation. For more information, contact:

Joshua W. Abbott
Executive Director, Center for Law, Science & Innovation
Arizona State University
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
P: 480.965.2465