Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has held a series of hearings on AI innovation.
– In previous situations when things were so difficult, the natural reaction was to bury one’s head in the sand and let someone else do the work. But we cannot act like ostriches in this regard, he said.
Among those answering questions from curious and concerned politicians on Wednesday were Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.
Director Sundar Pichai of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and CEO Sam Altman of OpenAI also participated in the three-hour closed hearing. The latter company is behind the ChatGPT service.
– Today we begin a large, complex and crucial task: Building the foundation for consensus on AI policies that can be adopted by Congress, Schumer told media before the hearing.
Musk told the press that he believes Schumer did humanity a great service. He warned that unfettered development of AI could potentially endanger the entire world’s population.
– It’s going too slow
Republican Senator Josh Hawley complained that the hearing was closed to the press and said Schumer was too slow to take action.
– He has been talking about technology for two years now without producing a single significant bill, he told the press.
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