April 19, 2024

Senate Leader Chuck Schumer Urges Bipartisan Action on AI Safety

The United States Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, intends to advocate for “comprehensive legislation” regarding safety measures for artificial intelligence (AI).
Schumer has planned remarks for a meeting at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC on June 21, during which he will emphasize the need for bipartisan action from Congress on the topic. According to excerpts released by his office, he plans to acknowledge that AI’s changes are inevitable and highlight the necessity for a strategy that encourages innovation.
“We are going to work very hard to come up with comprehensive legislation. Because this is so important, we are going to do everything we can to succeed.”
Schumer plans to draw attention to the potential difficulties in creating legislation for “every single issue” that may arise with the emergence of AI. He will describe it as “unlike anything we’ve dealt with before.”
Questions planned to be posed include the level of federal intervention needed regarding tax and spending, as well as whether federal intervention is necessary at all. Schumer will also argue for safe innovation that instills public confidence, stating, “But if people don’t think innovation can be done safely, that will stifle AI’s development and even prevent us from moving forward.”
This comes one day after US President Joe Biden met with experts from Silicon Valley on June 20 regarding the White House’s commitment to “seizing the opportunities and managing the risks” of AI.
During the meeting, Biden said he is also focused on citizens’ rights and privacy, along with addressing biases and misinformation before the release of AI systems.
Previously, in April, Biden met with executives from OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google’s Alphabet to discuss AI.
Lawmakers throughout the US are actively considering regulations for AI. On the same day Biden met with Silicon Valley experts, a bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed a new bill to create a commission to study the country’s approach to the technology.

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