Senate Judiciary Committee’s Oversight of AI and Principles for Regulation

Aug 6, 2023Global Alliance for Digital Governance

On July 25, 2023, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its fifth hearing this year on artificial intelligence (AI). This is the second hearing held by the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, and it highlighted the “bipartisan unanimity” in regulating AI technology.

Chairman Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) opened the hearing by recognizing “the future is not science fiction or fantasy. It’s not even the future. It’s here and now.”

Last week, the Biden administration secured voluntary commitments focused on managing the risks posed by artificial intelligence. Blumenthal commended the Administration for recognizing the need to act, but noted that the commitments made were unspecific and unenforceable, hence the need for further action by Congress. While recognizing the “good” in AI, Chairman Blumenthal opened his introductory statements by noting the need to address the “fear” in the public domain. Throughout the hearing, Blumenthal was adamant about the need for a proactive regulatory agency that invests in research to create countermeasures against autonomous AI systems while ensuring that innovation continues to prosper. Specifically, the Senator welcomed ideas for establishing a licensing regime, a testing and auditing regime, legal limits on usage in scenarios such as elections or nuclear warfare, and transparency requirements for the limits and use of AI systems.

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At C20-G20 Summit India in Jaipur, July 29-31, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of the Boston Global Forum presented the Special Report of BGF-GLIDES to C20-G20 Summit India 2023, in which he introduced AI-Powered Enlightenment Alliance (AIEA) as the Third Party for Oversight of AI Systems.

Chairman Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)