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Bipartisan Bill Proposes Blue-Ribbon Panel to Address AI Risks, Regulations

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Congressman Ted Lieu of California.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) introduced legislation for a commission that would identify AI use cases that pose unacceptable risks, as well as those that pose high, limited, or minimal risks.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate wants Congress to set up a blue ribbon commission to study artificial intelligence, with an eye to developing regulations or government oversight of the technology.

The push is led by Rep. Ted Lieu—a California Democrat who boasts an undergraduate degree in computer science—as well as Reps. Ted Buck (R-CO), and Anna Eschoo (D-CA). Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) plans to introduce a companion bill in the Senate. 

The National AI Commission Act would establish a 20-member commission with real-world experience in computer science or AI, civil society, industry, labor and government, with 10 members selected by Democrats and 10 by Republicans. Over the course of two-years, the commission would produce three reports focusing on current capacity at federal agencies for AI oversight and regulation, including suggesting new approaches and regulatory structures to govern the technology as needed.

"Artificial Intelligence is doing amazing things for our society. It can also cause significant harm if left unchecked and unregulated. Congress must not stay on the sidelines," Lieu said in a statement. "However, we must also be humble and acknowledge that there is much we as Members of Congress don't know about AI."

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