TWO New Bills Drop – Tech Industry Changed FOREVER

( – As artificial intelligence continues to become a concern for the public, two bipartisan bills were introduced in the Senate that both regulate and offer guidance for the technology, according to OAN. One bill will require transparency from the government when AI is used, while the other establishes an office that focuses on the United States’ competitive edge in the technological space compared with other countries. 

The first bill, sponsored by Democratic Senator Gary Peters and chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Republican Senators Mike Braun and James Lankford, necessitates disclosure when people are interacting with AI or automated systems. Braun noted that no citizen should have to wonder whether they are interacting with a real person or AI and stressed the importance of having humans be in the “driver’s seat” making decisions. 

This bill comes as it was recently revealed that in 2018, the Department of Homeland Security entered into a contract with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to collaborate on a project called “Night Fury.” The project had a goal of assigning “risk” scores to social media users who participated in terroristic activity, opioid distribution, and disinformation campaigns. The project was scrapped in 2019. 

The second bill dubbed the “American Technology Leadership Act,” sponsored by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Michael Bennet, and Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, will establish an Office of Global Competition Analysis. Warner argues that the U.S. does not have a comprehensive way to monitor their technological standing in the world, especially at a time when China is making advances. 

Sen. Chuck Schumer stated that he scheduled three briefings on AI so that they can be educated on the topic. The briefings include one that is classified. They will reportedly focus on what AI is, how the U.S. can achieve predominance in the field, and how AI impacts national security and intelligence.  

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