The United States Congress has announced its intention to convene new hearings on artificial intelligence (AI) as part of its ongoing efforts to develop robust safeguards in this domain.
Next week, Congress is scheduled to conduct three hearings on artificial intelligence. These hearings will feature prominent individuals such as Microsoft President Brad Smith and Nvidia Chief Scientist William Daly. The purpose of these hearings is to aid Congress in developing legislation that addresses the potential risks associated with this rapidly advancing technology.
The Senate Judiciary subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday entitled “Oversight of AI: Legislating on Artificial Intelligence.”
On Friday, Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who chairs the panel, expressed that esteemed industry executives and prominent experts will collaborate with us in formulating legislation aimed at safeguarding against potential harms caused by AI.
Blumenthal and the ranking Republican member of the panel, Josh Hawley, have jointly unveiled a preliminary version of a bipartisan legislative framework. This framework aims to establish guidelines for the responsible development and deployment of artificial intelligence. It outlines a set of specific principles that will inform future legislative endeavors, including the creation of an independent oversight body, the establishment of legal mechanisms to hold accountable those responsible for any potential harm caused by AI, safeguarding national security interests, promoting transparency, and ensuring the protection of consumers and minors.
The U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, will be hosting a dedicated AI forum on Wednesday, where he will engage with prominent tech leaders and experts. Among the attendees will be Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook), and Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla.
On Thursday, a House Oversight subcommittee will convene a hearing to examine the potential risks associated with the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) by federal agencies. The hearing will also assess the sufficiency of safeguards in place to protect individual privacy and ensure equitable treatment.
The witnesses for the hearing consist of Arati Prabhaker, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Craig Martell, the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer of the Pentagon, and Eric Hysen, the Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department.
Representative Nancy Mace, a Republican who holds the position of subcommittee chair, emphasized the imperative for the federal government to leverage the immense capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of its diverse missions. However, it is of utmost importance that we thoroughly comprehend the distinct risks associated with the improper utilization of AI by the federal government before we proceed to unleash its potential.
A hearing on the topic of “Need for Transparency in Artificial Intelligence” will be conducted by a Senate Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday. The hearing will feature Victoria Espinel, CEO of BSA/The Software Alliance, and Rob Strayer, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council, as participants.