Two Artificial Intelligence Bills Introduced In US Congress

On Thursday, two bipartisan artificial intelligence bills were introduced by US senators in response to the increasing interest in addressing issues related to the technology.

According to Reuters, there are two proposed laws. One aims to ensure transparency from the US government when utilizing AI for communication with individuals, while the other seeks to establish an office to assess the country’s competitiveness in emerging technologies.

As the use of AI continues to increase, lawmakers are starting to explore the need for updated regulations. In recent news, ChatGPT, an AI program capable of written question answering, was made widely accessible.

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A bill was introduced by Senators Gary Peters, Mike Braun and James Lankford, which mandates U.S. government agencies to inform individuals when they are being interacted with by AI. Peters, a Democrat, chairs the Homeland Security committee while Braun and Lankford are Republicans.

The bill mandates that agencies establish a mechanism for individuals to challenge decisions made by AI.

“The federal government needs to be proactive and transparent with AI utilization and ensure that decisions aren’t being made without humans in the driver’s seat,” said Braun in a statement.

Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Warner, both Democrats, along with Republican Senator Todd Young, proposed a measure to create an Office of Global Competition Analysis that would prioritize the United States’ advancement in artificial intelligence.

“We cannot afford to lose our competitive edge in strategic technologies like semiconductors, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence to competitors like China,” Bennet said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer scheduled three briefings for senators on artificial intelligence this week, including the first classified briefing to inform lawmakers on the topic.