As Congress considers AI’s rapid rise, less conflict and contention than expected

Senators from both parties seemed educated and thoughtful about the technology, our tech expert says.

By Shelly BrisbinMay 18, 2023 11:15 am,

Tech executives once again faced U.S. lawmakers this week, as members of a Senate subcommittee grilled the CEO of OpenAI and an IBM executive about the risks posed by ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence tools. A House subcommittee took up similar issues on Wednesday. 

The lawmakers are worried about deep fakes, potential job losses and copyright issues. Tech expert Omar Gallaga told Texas Standard the testimony was less contentious than other tech-focused hearings before Congress, and featured more thoughtful questions from lawmakers than expected. 

Highlights from this segment:

– Members of Congress seemed more knowledgeable and thoughtful about AI than they have when confronted with other technology-focused issues. 

– So far, Republicans and Democrats don’t seem as divided on AI issues, either. Even OpenAI CEO Sam Altman asked Congress to consider regulations on the technology. 

– Risks discussed at the hearing included AI’s potential impact on elections and its potential to grow “too intelligent.”

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