WASHINGTON, DC – While tech pundits are sounding the alarm over advanced artificial intelligence, congressional lawmakers have been divided over the federal government’s ability to regulate AI platforms.
“I think it’s important for the government to regulate these platforms,” said Democratic MP Maxwell Frost. “It is one of the main tasks of the federal government to help protect consumers and the data and privacy of our citizens.”
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Frost, the first Gen Z candidate elected to Congress, also said he is not very familiar with many of the emerging AI platforms.
Sen. Cynthia Lummis said previous experiences trying to pass legislation cryptocurrency showed her that educating senators and their staff on technological skills and balancing innovation with consumer protection takes a long time.
“So I would say if you apply the same logic to artificial intelligence and its capabilities, it’s going to be tough work,” the Wyoming Republican said.
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Tech giants, including Elon Musk, signed an open letter urging AI labs to stop developing advanced systems and warning that “competitive human intelligent systems can pose profound risks to society and humanity.”
But Rep. Victoria Spartz said “state-regulated monopolies are the most dangerous entity.”
Many regulations “actually exclude innovation and exclude small business and entrepreneurship,” the Indiana Republican continued. “So I think we have to be careful before deciding what to do, but I think an improvement in the legal framework is needed.”
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MP Marjorie Taylor Greene said she believes the government has the ability to regulate AI if necessary, but acknowledged the technology is “already well ahead” of legislators. Greene said AI is already being used as a “weapon,” pointing to deepfake images and scam phone calls.
“We have to catch up and make sure we’re doing a good job here so no one gets hurt or continues to be a victim of AI scams, these phone calls, but every other AI hazard that might happen,” the Georgia Republican said.
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