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AI Safeguards to be Focus of Congressional Hearings

The US Congress will hold three hearings on artificial intelligence (AI) next week as it works to craft safeguards for the emerging technology.

The first hearing will be held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology and the Law on Tuesday, September 13. The hearing will focus on the potential risks of AI, such as bias, discrimination, and job displacement. Witnesses will include Microsoft President Brad Smith and Nvidia chief scientist William Daly. 

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The second hearing will be held by the House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Thursday, September 15. The hearing will focus on the use of AI by federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. Witnesses will include White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Arati Prabhaker and the Pentagon’s chief digital and artificial intelligence officer Craig Martell.

The third hearing will be held by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Friday, September 16. The hearing will focus on the role of AI in the economy and society. Witnesses will include Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy.

These hearings are part of a growing effort by Congress to address the challenges and opportunities of AI. In recent years, Congress has passed several laws related to AI, such as the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020. These laws are designed to promote the responsible development and use of AI.

The hearings next week are likely to focus on the following issues:

  • The potential risks of AI, such as bias, discrimination, and job displacement.
  • The use of AI by federal agencies.
  • The role of AI in the economy and society.
  • The need for international cooperation on AI.

The hearings are also likely to discuss the potential benefits of AI, such as its potential to improve healthcare, transportation, and education.

The outcome of the hearings is uncertain, but they are likely to play a role in the development of US policy on AI.

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