Congress to begin meeting with AI tech leaders

By Nicholas Gerbis
Published: Monday, September 4, 2023 - 11:03am
Updated: Monday, September 4, 2023 - 3:07pm

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Next week, Congress will begin a series of closed-door listening sessions with experts on artificial intelligence.

The meetings will launch the long-anticipated process of hammering out rules governing AI in the United States.

Leaders from Google, OpenAI, Microsoft and other tech giants will join members of civil rights organizations, labor groups and the creative community in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13.

There, they will discuss the rewards AI can offer in research fields — and the risks it poses through the spread of disinformation and threats to jobs and intellectual property.

Debbie Lesko
Debbie Lesko in 2019.

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko of Peoria, who serves on an AI oversight committee, agreed the technology is a double-edged sword.

“It can be used for good, and it can be used for bad if it gets in the hands of bad actors,” she said.

Although imposing AI regulations has bipartisan support in Congress, many tech companies disagree on what those rules should entail.

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