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Senate Majority Leader Announces Plan for AI Regulation Framework

 |  May 9, 2024

In a bid to address the growing concerns surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has revealed plans to unveil a comprehensive framework of regulation aimed at managing the risks and potential benefits associated with the technology. Schumer made this announcement on Wednesday during an interview at an AI summit in Washington.

The framework, which is expected to be released in the coming weeks, will serve as a roadmap for lawmakers to navigate the complexities of AI regulation. Schumer emphasized that the roadmap would be developed with input from experts and would tackle various issues ranging from intellectual property and labor rights to healthcare and potential “doomsday scenarios” associated with AI.

Concerns about the impact of AI on elections and its potential to influence public opinion have been mounting among policymakers in the United States. The Biden administration, along with lawmakers from both parties, has been pushing for regulations to mitigate these risks. However, progress has been slow in the polarized U.S. Congress.

While the U.S. has lagged behind, Europe has taken proactive steps in drafting AI regulations. Schumer acknowledged this discrepancy, noting that the U.S. must not fall behind, especially with the rapid advancements in AI technology. He warned that failure to act could allow countries like China, which have different priorities for AI development such as facial recognition and surveillance, to gain a competitive edge.

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One of the key concerns highlighted by U.S. officials is the potential for AI to exacerbate biases and facilitate election interference, particularly through the use of deep fakes. Additionally, there are fears that malicious actors could exploit powerful AI models to develop bioweapons or launch cyber attacks.

Schumer emphasized that addressing these issues would require a piecemeal approach, with different Senate and House committees playing a role in translating the framework into concrete legislation. He stressed that waiting for a comprehensive plan covering all aspects of AI regulation would be impractical, given the urgency of the matter.

“Some committees are a little further along than others. We’re not going to wait to have one huge comprehensive plan that touches on everything,” Schumer stated during the interview.

Source: Reuters