Surigao del Norte Second District Representative Robert Ace Barbers recently filed an AI Bill for the Phlippines.
House Bill #7396 proposes the creation of the Artificial Intelligence Development Authority (AIDA), which is “responsible for the development and implementation of a national Ai strategy.”
Also, it would “promote research and development in AI, support the growth of AI-related industries, and enhance the skills of the Filipino workforce in the field of AI.”
How would the Philippine AI Bill work?
Rep. Robert Ace Barbers filed the proposal in the House of Representatives on March 1, 2023. Also, he explained its purpose in an attached note:
“AI is rapidly transforming the global economy, with its potential to enhance productivity, improve the delivery of public services, and drive economic growth.”
“While the Philippines recognizes the importance of AI in the development of the country, the rapid phase of technological advancement in AI also poses risks and challenges..…”
“…that must be addressed to ensure that its benefits are maximized, and its negative impacts are minimized, if not, avoided.”
Thus, House Bill #7396 defines AI as a general term for various technologies, such as deep learning, machine learning, and natural language processing.
It also recommends the creation of an Artificial Intelligence Development Authority (AIDA) to oversee AI research, development, and deployment.
AIDA will conduct risk assessments and impact analyses to ensure the technology complies with ethical guidelines and protects individual welfare.
Moreover, it would develop cybersecurity standards for AI to prevent hacking and other cyberattacks.
In other words, AIDA would serve as a “watchdog” to guard against people who may take advantage of AI for criminal means.
Barbers said, “Sa paglabas ng bagong teknolohiya na AI, tiyak din na may mga tao na gagamitin ito sa kasamaan.”
(The release of new AI-based technologies will surely entice some people to use them for evil ends.)
Section 8 of the Philippine AI Bill proposes funding for AI research and development for academic institutions, businesses, and government agencies.
More importantly, it would encourage the “development of AI talent and skills in the Philippines through education and training programs, among other things.”
Surigao del Norte Second District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers recently filed a Philippine AI Bill to protect our country from the potential risks of artificial intelligence.
More importantly, it would enable Filipinos to adapt to rapidly advancing tech trends with training programs and additional projects.
We will have to wait for the Philippine AI Bill to take effect to see its impact. Meanwhile, adapt to tech trends now by following Inquirer Tech.
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