House Leaders Announce Bipartisan AI Task Force

    House Leaders Announce Bipartisan AI Task Force
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    The Facts

    • House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) announced on Tuesday that they are forming a bipartisan task force to explore how Congress should deal with artificial intelligence (AI) as lawmakers grapple with regulating the emerging technology.

    • The new group will have 24 members, with 12 from each party, and will be led by Reps. Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). The task force will focus on how the US can continue leading the world in AI innovation while also exploring safety mechanisms.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    As lawmakers in the US, as well as the rest of the world, grapple with the mind-boggling potential of AI, it's fair to question how regulation could be enacted and if it's even possible. From executive orders to Congressional bills and bureaucratic rulings, every power center has tried to get a grip on AI for nearly a year. The complex world of AI is still evolving, and there are many factors that make it difficult for Congress, or any other group, to enact meaningful safeguards.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The House’s newly created AI task force is a bipartisan coalition that is comprised of the body’s most experienced representatives who have backgrounds in artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. Dealing with rapidly evolving technology such as AI is no easy task, but Congress is deeply committed to understanding AI and promoting policies that will promote the technology’s benefits while mitigating its threats. This is a moment of both political parties rising to the occasion together.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 90% chance that the US will pass legislation that requires cybersecurity around AI models before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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