Senator Introduces AI Oversight Measure for California

By Published On: February 14, 2024

California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced SB 1047, a bill aimed at ensuring the safe and responsible development of large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) systems in the state, his office announced. The legislation seeks to establish clear safety standards for developers working on the most powerful AI systems, before releasing them for public use.  Wiener announced his intention to introduce such legislation at the end of last year’s session. 

SB 1047 focuses on imposing safety standards for developers working on the most potent AI systems, emphasizing pre-deployment safety testing and cybersecurity protections and aiming to prevent the unchecked growth of AI technology and protect public safety and national security.

“Large-scale artificial intelligence has the potential to produce an incredible range of benefits for Californians and our economy—from advances in medicine and climate science to improved wildfire forecasting and clean power development,” Senator Wiener says in the press release. “It also gives us an opportunity to apply hard lessons learned over the last decade, as we’ve seen the consequences of allowing the unchecked growth of new technology without evaluating, understanding, or mitigating the risks.”

SB 1047 builds upon existing measures taken by the state, following Governor Newsom’s Executive Order and the release of a report examining AI’s uses and potential harms while establishing an advisory council to advocate for safe and secure open-source AI development, ensuring a collaborative and transparent approach in shaping the industry’s future.

The bill aligns with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) to ensure a cohesive national approach to AI safety.

SB 1047 also introduces CalCompute, a public cloud computing cluster dedicated to large-scale AI research, involving startups, researchers, and community groups in the development of AI systems.

About the Author: Will Keys

Will Keys writes about technology issues for the GovReport. He is a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He can be reached at will at govreport.org