Washington DC – As tech experts warned against advanced artificial intelligence, lawmakers were divided over the extent to which the federal government could regulate AI platforms.
“I think it’s important for the government to regulate these platforms,” said Democratic Rep. Maxwell Frost. “This is one of the federal government’s primary functions and helps protect the data and privacy of consumers and citizens.”
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Frost, the first Gen Z candidate to be elected to Congress, said he wasn’t very familiar with many of the new AI platforms.
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“If you apply the same logic to artificial intelligence and its capabilities, I think you’re in big trouble,” said a Wyoming Republican.
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Tech giants, including Elon Musk, have signed an open letter asking AI labs to pause the development of advanced systems, saying that “systems with human and competitive intelligence pose serious risks to society and humanity.” It may lead to
But Congressman Victoria Spartz said, “Government-regulated monopolies are the most dangerous of all.”
Many regulations “really keep out innovation, keep out small businesses and entrepreneurship,” the Indiana Republican continued. “So I think we need to be careful before deciding what to do, but I think the legal framework needs to be improved.”
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Green says the government believes it’s ready to regulate AI if necessary, but says the technology is “already far ahead” of lawmakers AI is already being used as a “weapon,” Green said, citing deepfake images and fraudulent phone calls.
“We have to catch up, and we have to make sure we are doing a good job here. There could be AI-powered scams, phone calls, and other AI hazards,” said the Republican.
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