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States are taking the lead in regulating artificial intelligence, a technology that is reshaping various sectors, including senior living. 

While AI offers promising advancements such as personalized healthcare and robotic assistants, its rapid growth also raises concerns about potential threats to fundamental rights and freedoms.

With Congress either unable or unwilling to enact comprehensive AI regulations, states are stepping in to fill the void. However, this decentralized approach has resulted in a patchwork of rules and regulations across different regions. 

For instance, in Illinois, senior living operators are prohibited from using AI in video assessments for job candidates. 

Currently, 30 states have either proposed or implemented restrictions on the development and deployment of AI systems, addressing issues ranging from healthcare decisions to consumer protection. 

In Utah, pending legislation even seeks to mandate businesses to disclose if their products interact with consumers without human involvement.

However, the challenge of AI oversight extends beyond national borders. Earlier this year, the European Union passed comprehensive legislation aimed at ensuring the safety and ethical use of AI systems while upholding fundamental rights and values. Similarly, China has introduced laws targeting the dissemination of false information through AI-generated content, including news distribution and chatbots.

The future of AI regulation remains uncertain, with ongoing debates over the necessity and timing of additional rules. Nonetheless, it is evident that the scrutiny of AI governance will persist as the technology continues to evolve.