Tech titans and union leaders descend on D.C. to chat AI

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The Future. With artificial intelligence becoming the talking point in culture and technology, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) convened a closed-door, all-Senate sit-down with the most influential stakeholders in the industry’s development and the leaders ensuring American workers aren’t left out of the equation. If talks are constructive, the meeting could supercharge an in-the-works bipartisan framework for AI laws that was recently announced.

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Yesterday, Washington, D.C., became Silicon Valley as major tech CEOs came to the Senate to pitch their visions of artificial intelligence.

WSJ breaks down where some of the top players stand.

  • Sam Altman (OpenAI), who believes AI will reach a human level of reasoning, has called for a new agency to be created to monitor the industry and for the implementation of a new tax system to give Americans income if they lose their jobs to AI.
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Meta) believes AI software should be open source to allow for rapid innovation (a move that has safety experts and ethicists very concerned)… especially as Meta tries to catch up to OpenAI’s ChatGPT with its Llama 2 system.
  • Sundar Pichai (Google) is obviously a big proponent of AI thanks to the launch of Google’s Bard system and investment in DeepMind. But Google has also voluntarily policed itself and called for existing agencies (not new ones) to immediately start regulating the industry.
  • Elon Musk (Tesla, xAI) is the most doom and gloom about AI, signing the famous open letter to pause development on AI systems… but he’s also starting his own mysterious startup called xAI to possibly see if we’re living in the matrix.

But Senator Schumer didn’t want the chat to be some Big Tech love affair, so he also invited prominent AI researchers (like Inioluwa Deborah Raji who’s worked for UC Berkeley and the Mozilla Foundation) and major union presidents (the WGA’s Meredith Stiehm, the American Federation of Teachers’ Randi Weingarten, and the AFL-CIO’s Liz Shuler).

Their message: AI regulation must consider inherent biases in systems, the potential for these tools to displace American workers, and the need to protect copyright.

That’s a lot for the Senate to chew on.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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