At AI Hearing, Many Lawmakers Miss Positive AI Applications

Senate hearing with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman focuses on generative chatbots and image generators

May 16, 2023

On Tuesday, the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law held a hearing on the oversight of AI with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. The hearing highlighted lawmaker concerns over deepfakes, misinformation, copyright infringement, and job loss, with some lawmakers suggesting that AI tools should be required to be licensed. 

This week, Chamber of Progress wrote a letter to members of the Judiciary Subcommittee to highlight how AI has already had a positive impact in a variety of fields, and where regulators could enact consumer protections as the technology develops.

“What we heard today is that lawmakers have an early sense for the potential risks of AI, but less vision for the positive difference AI can make,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “AI has already been deployed in fields from public health to finance to climatology to help save lives, prevent fraud, and tackle some of the biggest challenges we face as a country.”

In its letter to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, Chamber of Progress urged lawmakers to enact comprehensive privacy legislation to ensure that appropriate guardrails are implemented for AI. The letter also pushes Congress to ensure that no one is left behind or harmed by the development of discriminatory AI models. Read Chamber of Progress’s full letter to Senate lawmakers here.


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