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CFTC subcommittee issues report on responsible AI use

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On May 2, a CFTC subcommittee on Emerging and Evolving Technologies issued a report on the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) by exchanges, clearinghouses, futures commission merchants, brokers, and data repositories, among others, interested in using AI in financial markets. The report examined AI use cases in financial services, reviewed the risks of AI for CFTC-registered entities, and set out five recommendations for the CFTC: (1) the CFTC should host a public roundtable discussion with industry leaders; (2) the CFTC should define and adopt an AI risk management framework to assess consumer harms and benefits of AI use by CFTC-registered entities; (3) the CFTC should create an inventory of existing AI regulations and identify gaps where staff guidance or rulemaking would be needed; (4) the CFTC should establish a process to align its policies with other federal agencies; and (5) the CFTC should increase staff participation in domestic and international dialogues around AI.