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Schumer Prepping for Push on AI Policy

Senate Majority Charles E. Schumer is preparing to push for new rules on artificial intelligence (AI) when Congress returns from recess next week. He has invited top tech minds, such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Sam Altman, and others, to help craft new legislation.

Mr. Schumer has been advocating for Democrats to take the lead in shaping AI policy. He initiated the effort in April and unveiled his “SAFE Innovation Framework” for AI policy in June.

His framework emphasizes security, accountability, protecting foundations, and explainability as important aspects of AI development. Mr. Schumer believes that ensuring AI innovation can be done safely is crucial for progress.

As part of the lawmaking process, Mr. Schumer plans to invite AI experts to participate in insight forums this fall, bypassing traditional committee hearings. He is working with Senators Martin Heinrich, Todd Young, and Mike Rounds on the new AI policy framework.

Although Mr. Schumer’s closed-door forum aims to bring together AI experts and lawmakers, traditional congressional committee work on AI policy will continue. The Senate Judiciary Committee has already held hearings on AI, with experts testifying on potential rules for the technology.

In one of these hearings, Sam Altman called for new regulations to prevent the misuse of AI tools and their potential involvement in the creation of bioweapons.

Several AI experts and tech leaders, including Elon Musk, have met with Mr. Schumer privately as he formulates his AI plan.

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