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Tech giants and experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are set to brief senators on the rapid advancements in technology at the first bipartisan Senate AI Forum on Wednesday.
“There will be interest in how do we … remain competitive, like anybody, as a place where we develop AI capabilities? The other part of it is how do we stay competitive with respect to transparency, privacy issues, etc. How do we protect our people in the U.S.? Forward,” said Senator Mike Rounds, R-S.D. told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
Rounds is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Co-running the platform with. The event, which will be attended by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, OpenAI’s Sam Altman and others, will be held away from public view.
The senator said lawmakers were looking to hear from a variety of people to promote “diverse viewpoints” and “competition.”
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Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg and X boss Elon Musk arrive on Capitol Hill on Wednesday (Getty Images/Getty Images)
“We’re doing it behind closed doors, in a way, so that they can talk more freely with members about some of the challenges that members will find when they look at promoting or regulating this particular segment. Will give. [of AI technology]” Rounds said.
The program is divided into two sessions, with Schumer moderating the first and Rounds moderating the second.
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“Because we’ll have so many people there, we’ll try to ask everyone questions, we’ll probably invite some people to send us some questions and then we’ll choose,” Rounds said.
“The idea here is not so much to answer specific technical questions, but to get an understanding and a background understanding from people who are in these industries about what the threats are, what the opportunities are, etc.”
Senator Mike Rounds, R-S.D., co-moderating the AI Forum with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Getty Images)
Both Rounds and Schumer emphasized that this was a bipartisan effort on the part of lawmakers trying to get ahead of rapidly advancing technology.
Other notable figures scheduled to participate in the forum include Bill Gates, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and AFL-CIO union boss Elizabeth Shuler.
“Public support for unions is at a near-record high because workers are tired of being guinea pigs in a live AI experiment,” Shuler told Fox News Digital in a statement ahead of his appearance. “The labor movement knows that AI can empower workers and increase prosperity – but only if workers are focused on its creation and the rules that govern it. Workers understand how to do their jobs better than any boardroom or algorithm.” Have to do this. Include us as full partners in this change.”
“We will have AI supporters and critics, CEOs and unions, leading experts and researchers together in a room talking about where Congress should start, what questions to ask,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. How to build consensus.” For safe innovation.”
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Schumer has made AI his main focus in this Congress (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Getty Images)
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“That’s what any action on AI should be: balanced and bipartisan. Balanced, in a way that gives everyone a seat at the table, and prioritizing both innovation — the kind of transformative innovation that AI can bring, whether it’s disease Whether it’s curing America or improving education or making businesses more efficient or protecting our security,” Schumer said.
“But, there is also innovation to keep the guardrails in place, the innovation needed to prevent AI from derailing and we could lose it all.”