Report: Sen. Chuck Schumer to Host Meeting of Tech Leaders on AI

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will reportedly host a meeting of a number of tech leaders next month to discuss artificial intelligence (AI).

The meeting will include Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, X owner Elon Musk, Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Seeking Alpha reported Monday (Aug. 28), citing an article by Axios. The meeting will also include representatives of unions and civil society groups.

They are expected to meet for two or three hours, per the report.

Reuters reported on the meeting Monday, too, naming most of the same attendees and saying the meeting will be held Sept. 13 and will be closed-door and bipartisan. The Reuters reported cited Schumer’s office.

Schumer said in April that he had launched an effort to establish rules on AI to address national security and education concerns. He said in a statement at the time that he had drafted and circulated a “framework that outlines a new regulatory regime that would prevent potentially catastrophic damage to our country while simultaneously making sure the U.S. advances and leads in this transformative technology.”

There exists almost no effective current U.S. regulation of AI, and Schumer is positioning his framework as a critical way for America to take a global leadership role as AI becomes increasingly integrated into daily life, PYMNTS reported in April, days after Schumer’s announcement.

Different aspects of the regulation of AI have been in the news in recent weeks.

It was reported Aug. 20 that a federal judge has ruled that artwork created by AI can’t be copyrighted. The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell came during a case in which the U.S. Copyright Office was sued by Stephen Thaler after it refused to copyright one of his AI-generated images.

Five days earlier, on Aug. 15, a new task force of state legislators was announced and will focus on developing legislation with unified language to put guardrails on how AI is used in the public and private sectors.

By allowing states to experiment with regulations tailored to their specific needs, the federal government can gain valuable insights into the real-world implications of different regulatory approaches, PYMNTS reported.