Congress to hold new AI hearings as it works to craft safeguards

New AI hearings will be held by Congress as it develops protections

As Congress works on laws to lessen the risks of the developing technology, it will have three hearings on artificial intelligence the next week, including one with Microsoft President Brad Smith and Nvidia Chief Scientist William Daly.

On Tuesday, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary will host a hearing titled “Oversight of AI: Legislating on Artificial Intelligence.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who leads the group, said on Friday that “top industry executives and leading experts will help us shape legislation to protect against AI harms.”

A draft of a bipartisan legislative framework to set limits on artificial intelligence was released on Friday by Blumenthal and Josh Hawley, the panel’s top Republican. The document lays out “specific principles for upcoming legislative efforts, including the establishment of an independent oversight body, ensuring legal accountability for harms, defending national security, promoting transparency, and protecting consumers and kids.”

Chuck Schumer, the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, will separately host Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, and Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta Platforms (META.O), at a Wednesday AI discussion.

On Thursday, a House Oversight subcommittee will host a hearing to examine potential hazards associated with the use of AI by federal agencies as well as the effectiveness of controls to ensure fairness and the protection of personal information.

Arati Prabhaker, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Craig Martell, the Pentagon’s top digital and AI official, and Eric Hysen, the department’s chief information officer, are among the witnesses.

The subcommittee’s Republican leader, Representative Nancy Mace, stated that “the federal government must harness the incredible potential of AI to achieve its various missions more effectively and efficiently.” However, it is crucial that we comprehend the specific risks of the federal government’s wrong use of AI before we let the genie out of the bottle.

Tuesday’s hearing on the “Need for Transparency in Artificial Intelligence” will be held by a Senate Commerce subcommittee, and it will feature Victoria Espinel, CEO of BSA/The Software Alliance, and Rob Strayer, executive vice president for policy at the Information Technology Industry Council.


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