Schumer Outlines Framework for AI Bill

June 22, 2023

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) unveiled his framework Wednesday to prompt congressional action on quickly developing AI technology.

Schumer’s “SAFE Innovation framework” refers to the five principles behind his legislative approach: security, accountability, foundations and explain. Schumer’s goal with legislation is to secure both U.S. national security and American jobs; support responsible systems in the areas of misinformation, bias, copyright, liability and intellectual property; require AI tools to align with democratic values; and determine what level of transparency the federal government and private citizens require from AI companies.

“Many want to ignore AI because it’s so complex,” Schumer said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies this week. “But when it comes to AI, we cannot be ostriches sticking our heads in the sand.”

Schumer wants to convene a series of “AI Insight Forums” this fall that would brief Congress on various topics and scenarios related to AI. “There’s such little legislative history on this issue, so a new process is called for,” he said.

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