Two members of the Home made waves final week by using superior expertise to advocate for better regulation of itself. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., spearheaded dialog concerning the want for legislative motion on synthetic intelligence, through the use of such techniques to write a invoice and a speech for the Home flooring, respectively.
Each congressmen, who every have backgrounds in tech sectors, have been busy introducing laws to regulate and responsibly foster improvement within the AI sector. Lieu launched the primary invoice in Congress that was written with AI, utilizing the favored software program ChatGPT.
Talking with the Washington Put up in a dwell interview on Wednesday, Lieu described the method of utilizing AI to write a proposed piece of laws as “enthralling,” and likewise regarding.
“I was blown away by how well it wrote that first paragraph and the fact they could do it [in] under a minute,” he mentioned. “I was also deeply alarmed that it was able to write an amazing paragraph in under a minute that largely aligned with my own views.”
Lieu detailed his expertise in writing a invoice with AI expertise to make a case for subtle federal laws.
“We need to make sure that we use AI for good but also keep it from doing harm to society,” he mentioned.
Auchincloss made an analogous play, studying out an AI-generated speech on the Home flooring when reintroducing america–Israel Synthetic Intelligence Heart Act, which might foster collaboration in AI analysis and improvement between the 2 nations.
Talking to Nextgov, Auchincloss mentioned that his motivation to advocate for extra AI analysis efforts and regulation throughout the U.S. stemmed from the looming ubiquitousness of machine studying techniques.
“This technology [AI]—I know—is going to be part of my career for decades to come. And it could be a general purpose technology for my children, meaning that, in any sector that they chose to work, it would be a key tool that they would need to use,” he mentioned. “I wanted to spotlight this for Congress so that we have a debate now about purposeful policy for AI and not be 10 years behind the ball, like I think a lot [of] policy was for social media.”
Lieu spoke in favor of regulations for AI, and noted that government should be prioritizing the specific technology systems that demand oversight due to their threat potential, such as national security systems or those that could impact road safety through augmented vehicles.
“I don’t think it’s possible to regulate artificial intelligence in every discrete instance in which it is used,” he mentioned. “I think a better approach is to have a general agency do regulations. And also, when an agency gets it wrong, they can also reverse the decision without having to get another act of Congress to change whatever it is that they initially did.”
As the most recent member appointed to the Home Committee on Science, Area and Expertise, Lieu confirmed he’ll proceed to give attention to marrying AI innovation with duty—by an announcement written by an AI chatbot. Lieu assured communication staffers that their jobs weren’t at risk of AI alternative in that very same press launch.
Lieu conceded throughout the Washington Put up occasion that AI will trigger some stage of disruption to the general job market, each within the elimination and creation of jobs.
To find out the broad influence of AI and the way Congress can mitigate the damaging and emphasize the constructive, Lieu referred to as for a “blue ribbon committee” staffed with consultants from business and academia to assist the federal government navigate AI’s societal impacts.
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