Congress Holds Hearing on AI: Will It Be Friend or Foe?

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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaks before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing on artificial intelligence, Tuesday, May 16, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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The future of artificial intelligence was under scrutiny in Congress yesterday as lawmakers grappled with the potential risks and rewards of this groundbreaking technology. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, chaired the high-stakes hearing.

Blumenthal opened the discussion emphasizing AI’s transformative potential, acknowledging that it could reshape our lives in significant ways. He argued that it was essential for Congress to delve into both the potential benefits and risks of AI.

The hearing featured testimonies from several experts, including Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, a leading organization in artificial intelligence research. Altman was optimistic about AI’s potential to address some of the world’s most formidable challenges, including climate change and poverty. He also suggested that the technology could revolutionize medical treatments, create more efficient transportation systems, and transform education.

Despite the optimism, Altman didn’t shy away from addressing the darker side of AI. He warned that the technology could be exploited for nefarious purposes. Altman raised concerns over the potential use of AI in creating autonomous weapons, highlighting the unsettling prospect of killing without human intervention. He also pointed out the risk of AI being misused to spread disinformation and propaganda.

As the development of AI continues at a rapid pace, Altman’s testimony underscored a lingering question: how can we ensure that AI is used for the greater good and not for harm? This question is set to shape policy discussions in Congress and beyond, as lawmakers grapple with regulating this transformative technology.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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