Face-To-Face: Tech Titans Headed For CAPITOL HILL

On Monday, Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office announced a series of policy forums on ways to regulate artificial intelligence technology later this month that will feature a wide array of tech industry executives, including Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, NBC News reported.

Schumer has dubbed the gathering “AI Insights Forum.” According to the Majority Leader’s office, the discussions will provide a foundation as senators begin drafting legislation to regulate the artificial intelligence industry.

Other tech executives confirmed for the September 13 closed-door discussions are Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alphabet (Google) CEO Sundar Pichai, Sam Alman of OpenAI, and NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang.

The bipartisan forum will also feature representatives from civil rights and advocacy groups, as well as representatives from the creative industry, and, for some reason, American Federation of Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten.

In June, Schumer first revealed that he planned to host a forum to “lay down a new foundation for AI policy,” according to Reuters.

Schumer said at the time that he wanted AI developers, scientists, and executives together at the table with community leaders, advocates, workers, and national security experts. He said this group could do in months what would normally take years to accomplish.

Before the Senate left on August recess, Schumer arranged three briefings to help educate senators about artificial intelligence and generate interest in the Senate pursuing legislation to regulate the technology by the end of the year.

The majority leader said Senate committees will work with the AI insight forums to develop any legislation.

Governments worldwide have been racing to establish regulations for the fast-moving technology, the impact of which is often compared to the advent of the internet.

In June, President Biden said he would seek expert advice in addressing the possible national security risks posed by artificial intelligence technology.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government will be holding the first global summit on artificial intelligence safety later this year.