Big Tech Titans Conspire with Senators!

For months, the US Senate has convened numerous discussions on the ascent of artificial intelligence (AI). Recently, esteemed leaders of Big Tech engaged in closed-door deliberations with all 100 senators to delve into the implications of AI’s ascent. Notable figures in attendance were Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Now, the House has announced its intention to contribute to the national discourse by forming a bipartisan task force.

On February 20, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) issued a press release unveiling the establishment of a task force dedicated to AI. Johnson, alongside House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), formally introduced the initiative.

The Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, as outlined by the two leaders, will embark on an exploration of strategies for lawmakers to construct “guardrails” aimed at shielding the nation against present and future AI-related threats. Additionally, the panel will deliberate on avenues through which Congress can bolster the pivotal role of American tech firms in spearheading AI innovation worldwide.

In a departure from the prevailing political climate, Johnson and Jeffries each appointed 12 members to serve on the task force. Notably, both leaders structured their selections to reflect the key committees exercising jurisdiction over AI-related affairs.

Representatives Jay Obernolte (R-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) will jointly helm the task force. Obernolte presides over the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight within the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, while Lieu holds positions on the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.

Johnson lauded the bipartisan endeavor, emphasizing the imperative for Congress to assume a leadership role “in this strategic arena.” He underscored the transformative potential of recent AI advancements on America’s economy and society, stressing the necessity for bipartisan collaboration to navigate the complexities inherent in this transformative technology.

Echoing Johnson’s sentiments, Jeffries underscored Congress’ responsibility in fostering the safe realization of the “promising breakthroughs” facilitated by AI. He emphasized the need to ensure that all Americans reap the benefits of AI advancements in an equitable and impartial manner.