U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has called for 'comprehensive' AI laws

By: Dickson Arinze

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has called for 'comprehensive' AI laws

June 22, 2023 11:08 AM

The United States Senate leader intends to call on Congress to take immediate bipartisan action to draft "comprehensive legislation" for forthcoming AI systems.

The Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Chuck Schumer, has announced his intention to push for "comprehensive legislation" to ensure the security of artificial intelligence.

On June 21, Schumer will deliver comments→ at the Institute for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., emphasizing the importance of bipartisan action from Congress on the issue.


His office has provided snippets of his upcoming address, in which he is expected to argue that a strategy that promotes innovation is necessary since "there is no choice but to acknowledge that AI's changes are coming."

"We will exert great effort to draft all-encompassing laws. We will do everything possible to achieve since this is so vital."

Schumer intends to highlight the possible difficulty in developing legislation for "every single issue" that may occur as a result of the advent of AI. He'll describe it as "unlike anything we've dealt with before." 

Pre-planned questions include how much federal interference is appropriate in terms of taxation and spending, as well as whether federal intervention is even essential at all. 

Schumer will also advocate for safe innovation that gives the public confidence: 

"However, progress in AI will be stifled or even halted if the general public doesn't believe that innovation is possible in a secure manner."

This comes only one day after US President Joe Biden met with Silicon Valley experts on June 20 to discuss the White House's commitment to "seizing the opportunities and managing the risks" of AI. 

Throughout the meeting, Biden stated that he is also concerned with individuals' rights and privacy, as well as tackling bias and misinformation prior to the rollout of AI systems. 

In April, The U.S. President met with leaders from OpenAI, Microsoft, and Alphabet, Google's parent company, to discuss artificial intelligence. 

Lawmakers in the United States are currently considering AI regulations. On the same day, Biden spoke with Silicon Valley experts, an array of lawmakers introduced legislation to establish a committee to investigate the country's approach to technology.