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published : 2023-09-05

Schumer Vows to Propel AI Regulation with 'Supercharged' Path When Senate Returns

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans bipartisan forums with tech leaders to stay ahead of AI's rapid development

Chuck Schumer speaking at a press conference about AI regulation (taken with Nikon D850)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is serious about implementing a regulatory framework for artificial intelligence (AI) when Congress returns from its August recess.

Schumer intends to kick off a series of bipartisan 'AI Insight Forums' on September 13 to bring lawmakers up to speed on this rapidly advancing technology.

The forums will feature renowned tech leaders like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sam Altman, among others.

Schumer believes that treating AI with the same level of seriousness as national security, job creation, and civil liberties is crucial in today's world.

Elon Musk delivering a keynote speech on AI advancements (taken with Canon EOS R)

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., is a member of the bipartisan AI working group and highly praises the AI forums, stating they will put lawmakers 'in the driver's seat' when it comes to AI regulation.

The forums will provide a comprehensive opportunity for Congress to explore important policy issues, opportunities, and threats related to AI and develop potential legislative solutions.

Schumer's prior efforts included informational briefings on AI and national security, and the forums will build upon this groundwork.

While there is bipartisan support for regulating AI, not all senators are on board, with concerns about potential regulations stifling innovation in the United States.

Sen. Todd Young discussing the importance of AI regulation during a committee meeting (taken with Sony A7III)

Amidst other pressing matters such as avoiding a government shutdown and reauthorizing critical programs, Schumer remains committed to driving AI regulation forward.

Elizabeth Elkind, a reporter focusing on Congress and the intersection of AI and politics, is closely following these developments.