- The U.S. Senate convenes its first members-only briefing on Artificial Intelligence, as lawmakers express deep concerns regarding the potential misuse of AI technology, such as deepfakes, in influencing voter behavior in the 2024 presidential elections.
- President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both highlight the enormous potential and dangers of AI, with Harris emphasizing the private sector’s ethical and legal responsibilities to ensure the safety and security of AI products for the American public.
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate is set to host its first-ever members-only briefing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology this week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the briefing via Twitter, highlighting the Senate’s proactive approach in addressing the potential impact of AI on national security and the integrity of upcoming elections.
As AI technology continues to evolve at a breakneck pace, it is being widely adopted by various industries across the United States. However, the proliferation of AI has also raised alarms among lawmakers and experts who are concerned about the possible misuse of “deep fakes” and other AI-generated content, especially in the context of the 2024 presidential elections.
enormous potential and enormous danger.President Joe Biden
Senators from both sides of the aisle expressed their apprehensions. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican, conveyed his deep concern, while Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, emphasized the potential for abuse in terms of impersonation and fake content. “On a scale of one to 10, I would put my fear at 10 as far as the potential abuses for impersonation, false visual images, deepfakes, voice cloning,” Blumenthal told Fox News. He added, “Consumers deserve to know when the deepfakes and cloned voices occur.”
Echoing these concerns, Ohio Senator JD Vance stated that AI could distort political conversations, creating fictitious videos that might go viral and influence voter behavior.
President Joe Biden also addressed AI-related concerns in a recent speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation. He recounted meeting with eight leading AI scientists and highlighted that some experts are worried about AI overtaking human cognition and decision-making. The President referred to AI as having “enormous potential and enormous danger.”
Vice President Kamala Harris, during an Oval Office meeting with top executives from Google, Microsoft, and other companies, emphasized the private sector’s responsibility in protecting Americans from potential AI dangers. She asserted, “As I shared today with CEOs of companies at the forefront of American AI innovation, the private sector has an ethical, moral, and legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their products.” She further added, “Every company must comply with existing laws to protect the American people.”
This inaugural Senate briefing on AI signifies a pivotal moment as the nation begins to grapple with the dual facets of AI – its capacity for innovation and its potential for disruption and harm, especially in the critical realm of democratic processes.