March 27, 2024
US Senator Elizabeth Warren Calls for Fairness in Crypto and Big Tech AI Landscape
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US Senator Elizabeth Warren Calls for Fairness in Crypto and Big Tech AI Landscape

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren has reiterated her stance on the need for regulation in the cryptocurrency industry while also advocating for restrictions on Big Tech companies’ development of artificial intelligence (AI) models.

In a recent Bloomberg Television interview on February 27th, Warren emphasized the necessity of establishing a legal “level playing field” for cryptocurrencies, stating her intention to collaborate with the industry. She highlighted the importance of applying consistent regulations to ensure fairness, stating, “In our financial system, pretty much everybody follows the same set of rules.”

Warren expressed concerns about the lack of collaboration within the crypto industry, suggesting that some stakeholders advocate for leniency towards criminal activities such as ransomware scams and human trafficking. She underscored the need for regulations to mitigate such risks and ensure accountability across the sector.

Warren’s proposed legislation, the Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act, aims to subject decentralized technologies like blockchain nodes and noncustodial wallets to the same regulatory standards as traditional financial institutions.

However, the crypto industry has pushed back against Warren’s proposed legislation, arguing that it could stifle innovation and drive investment overseas. Despite concerns raised by industry executives and associations, Warren remains steadfast in her pursuit of regulatory measures to address potential risks associated with cryptocurrencies.

In addition to her focus on crypto regulation, Warren has also turned her attention to the dominance of Big Tech companies in the development of AI models. At a recent conference in Washington D.C., she voiced her concerns about major players such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon leveraging their size and resources to dominate emerging AI fields.

Warren argued that allowing these companies to operate large language models could lead to the crowding out of smaller competitors and further concentration of power in the tech industry. She framed her stance as part of a broader campaign against Big Tech’s market dominance and concentration of power.

As Warren continues to advocate for regulatory measures in both the crypto and tech sectors, her efforts are likely to spark further debate and scrutiny over the appropriate balance between innovation and accountability in these rapidly evolving industries.

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