As legislative efforts languish, US House launches AI task committee

As legislative efforts languish, US House launches AI task committee
As legislative efforts languish, US House launches AI task committee

House leaders announced Tuesday that they will form a bipartisan task force to investigate new legislation addressing artificial intelligence (AI) challenges.

A bipartisan task force will be launched to study new legislation to address issues about artificial intelligence (AI), the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday.

Efforts in Congress to pass legislation tackling AI have languished despite multiple high-level conferences and legislative initiatives over the past year.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, and Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries said the task committee will be responsible for generating a detailed report and exploring “guardrails that may be appropriate to safeguard the nation against current and emerging threats.”

Generative AI, which can create text, photographs, and videos in response to open-ended suggestions, has spurred excitement as well as fears that it may make some jobs obsolete, upend elections, potentially dominate people, and have devastating impacts.

The issue gained additional prominence in January, when a bogus robocall impersonating President Joe Biden attempted to dissuade people from voting for him in additional Hampshire’s Democratic primary race. The Federal Communications Commission declared last month that calls made with AI-generated voices are prohibited.

The task force report will include “guiding principles, forward-looking recommendations, and bipartisan policy proposals developed in consultation with committees” in Congress.

He added that “the rise of artificial intelligence also presents a unique set of challenges, and certain guardrails must be put in place to protect the American people.”

Biden signed an executive order in October aimed at reducing the hazards associated with artificial intelligence. In January, the Commerce Department proposed requiring U.S. cloud businesses to assess whether foreign entities are using U.S. data centers to train AI models.

Representative Jay Obernolte, the Republican chair of the 24-member task group, stated that the report will include “the regulatory standards and Congressional actions needed to both protect consumers and foster continued investment and innovation in AI.”

According to Democratic co-chair Ted Lieu Force, “the question is how to ensure AI benefits society instead of harming us.”

Earlier this month, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo announced that more than 200 entities, including OpenAI, Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O), Anthropic, Microsoft (MSFT.O), Meta Platforms (META.O), Apple (AAPL.O), (AMZN.O), and Nvidia (NVDA.O), had joined a new US consortium to support safe AI deployment.

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