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Tech giants to gather for AI policy forums

Next month, some of the most influential names in tech, including Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, will participate in a series of policy forums on Capitol Hill aimed at shaping future artificial intelligence (AI) legislation. These “AI Knowledge Forums,” hosted by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, are scheduled to begin on September 13.

Aside from Musk and Zuckerberg, other tech leaders confirmed for the forum include Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, OpenAI’s Sam Altman, NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Representatives from the civil rights, advocacy, labor and creative sectors will also be part of the bipartisan closed-door meetings.

The purpose of these forums is to serve as a baseline for senators as they begin to craft legislation to govern the rapidly advancing field of AI, an area of ​​technology seen as both potentially beneficial and dangerous. Issues such as mass unemployment due to automation and the weaponization of AI for disinformation campaigns are key issues of concern.

Schumer previously emphasized the importance of not ignoring the complex challenges posed by AI. To prepare senators for future legislation, he held three briefings before the August recess to educate them on the issue.

However, Schumer’s direct approach has sparked some controversy. Senate Minority Whip John Thune questioned the need for these new forums, suggesting that existing Senate committees are already well equipped to deal with the issue. Schumer has assured that the committees will work in collaboration with the forums to develop legislation.

The upcoming meetings mark an unconventional approach in a Senate that traditionally relies on jurisdictional committees for policymaking. However, given the urgency and complexity surrounding the potential impact of AI, Schumer and the participating tech leaders seem to be aiming for a more immediate form of action.

This article is sourced from and written by AI.

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