Assembly Joint Resolution Proposes Six Month Moratorium on AI Development

Published On: May 5, 2023

Assemblymember Bill Essayli (Riverside – R) on Thursday introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 6 that proposes the U.S. government issue a moratorium on training AI systems more powerful than GPT 4 for six months to give agencies time to develop regulations.

“This measure would urge the United States government to impose an immediate moratorium on the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4 for at least 6 months to allow time to develop much-needed AI governance systems,” says the resolution.

“Powerful AI systems should be developed only once we are confident that their effects will be positive and their risks will be manageable. This confidence must be well justified and increase with the magnitude of a system’s potential effects,” the measure continues.

Pending the legislative process, the measure aims to communicate the California Legislature’s policy position as federal, state, and local agencies grapple with oversight and policy questions related to artificial intelligence.  If passed by both the Assembly and Senate, the resolution will serve as a signal to other branches of government and could pave the way for bills that restrict the use of AI by changing California state law.

Read AJR 6 here.


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