May 17, 2023

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) has the potential to revolutionize entire industry sectors and provide substantial economic and social benefits to American works and consumers. Although the AI legal and regulatory landscape is still in its early stages and the regulatory void seems to be widening, many private initiatives have embraced self-regulation to foster responsible AI development and deployment. These private initiatives are designed to effectively and responsibly harness the benefits of AI. In recent years, it has become a standard practice for major companies to institute and publish their own AI principles or guidelines. A growing number of companies have similarly originated responsible AI resources such as templates, checklists, and policies. To ensure a larger impact, many companies have also formed diverse partnerships to promote responsible AI development and deployment. Similarly, some premier universities and civil rights groups have established their own ethical guidelines around AI design and deployment.

This Article contends that the private sector should remain at the vanguard of national discussions on AI to ensure that it is developed, deployed, and used responsibly and in ways that are consistent with key values. In doing so, this Article examines the specific roles that companies, civil rights groups, academic institutions, industry groups, and other nongovernmental organizations play in advancing responsible AI. This Article then outlines the significant and widespread benefits that these private initiatives have had in the AI arena. Finally, this Article concludes that it is imperative that private initiatives collaborate with the government to facilitate shared goals.

Authors: Keith E. Sonderling & Bradford J. Kelley


Volume 24, Issue 4