AIF launches AI coalition to shape business-focused policies

by | Feb 8, 2024

The Associated Industries of Florida announced on Thursday the establishment of the Coalition for the Future of Artificial Intelligence in Business to unite sectors for shaping AI policies.

The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) announced on Thursday the formation of the Coalition for the Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business, aimed at coalescing various sectors to shape responsible and forward-thinking AI policies.

The coalition will serve to develop guidelines for AI use and collaborate with policymakers to construct a regulatory environment that fosters innovation while ensuring accountability, following a productive roundtable discussion on AI hosted by the AIF Foundation

“With the rapid expansion of AI and the enormous impact it will have on all sectors of the business community, AIF felt it necessary to establish this Coalition to bring together our key members and partners to engage on this important issue,” said AIF President & CEO Brewster Bevis. “This will put the business community at the forefront of addressing this evolving technology, developing the strategies, and collaborating with legislators to ensure Florida’s employers have a voice as AI is defined and policies are crafted. By leading on this issue, the business community can help ensure well-informed decisions are made by policymakers to allow for continued advancement while mitigating possible risks.”

Participants in the coalition include both AIF members and non-members, as well as partner organizations, featuring tech corporations like Google and Meta, alongside Florida-based companies such as Florida Blue and Disney.

One of the coalition’s stated primary objectives is to educate legislators on the current and potential uses of AI in the business sector through roundtable events and other engagements. The Coalition will also focus on developing and passing a broadly agreed-upon definition of AI to be used as a launching point for policy development moving forward.

“Artificial intelligence and its impact on Florida’s employers is a here-and-now issue, not something that is coming later,” said AIF Vice-President of Governmental Affairs Adam Basford. “There are bills being debated in the legislature this session that deal with AI and how it may be regulated to standard business practices.”


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