The United States recently approved restrictions on the export of some artificial intelligence (AI) program. This interesting news came to us from The Verge in their article, “US announces AI software export restrictions.

This ban is the first to be applied under a 2018 law known as the Export Control Reform Act (ECRA). This requires the government to examine how it can restrict the export of emerging technologies essential to the national security of the United States. The ban took place prior to the recent coronavirus, which has no relevance to this move.

When ECRA was announced in 2018, some in the tech industry feared it would harm the field of AI, which benefits greatly from the exchange of research and commercial programs across borders. The United States has previously imposed other trade restrictions affecting the AI world, including a ban on American firms from doing business with Chinese companies that produce software and hardware that powers AI surveillance.

Melody K. Smith

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