[Bloomberg] AI’s Threats and Promises Are A Rare Unifying Issue in US Senate

Sep 11, 2023News

The face of the artificial intelligence fever sweeping the US — OpenAI Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman — gripped Washington this spring when he pleaded under oath for the first time for Congress to regulate the technology.

Yet behind the scenes on Capitol Hill, an unexpected crew knew that plea was coming and started to assemble.

Ahead of Altman’s May 16 appearance, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) received count-me-ins from Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) to help steer the congressional response to AI. They huddled together in the majority leader’s office for the first time a day after Altman testified.

The bipartisan group of four since then is meeting almost weekly over coffee in Schumer’s office or on the phone, racing to formulate rules that protect Americans from AI’s worst threats, such as biological weapons and mass unemployment, but also promote the technology’s potential to cure diseases and curb hunger.

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Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the US Capitol in 2017 (Bloomberg)