Congress Member Calls for Possible Regulation of AI

Congress Members Look To Regulate AI

( – ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence-driven technological tool that has the ability to converse like humans. It can write things like code, emails, songs, and essays by using prompts entered by the user. Many people are concerned about the impact ChatGPT might have on the employment market, as well as the educational system. At least one congressman is proposing the legislature proactively think about regulations.

On January 23, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times. The article’s introduction painted a grim picture of artificial intelligence (AI) taking over the world unchecked. The second paragraph explained that the former was written by ChatGPT, highlighting its mimicking capabilities and the reason the technology needs regulation.

Genevieve Roch-Decter, a financial analyst, shared on Twitter that the AI tool passed an MBA exam given at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. According to NBC News, Christian Terwiesch, the professor who administered the test, said ChatGPT did an “amazing job,” and its explanations were “excellent.”

Lieu said in his NYT essay that there are definite benefits to AI technologies but also potential harms. He worries that too much dependence could make it difficult to educate and too effective in spreading misleading or even dangerous rhetoric online. The lawmaker admitted he was “freaked out” by unregulated AI. He suggested the formation of a non-partisan AI committee within Congress to dive into the subject and make decisions about any needed standards or regulations.

In the past, the legislator explained, Congress has been behind the power curve when it comes to technologies, causing the entity to play catch up. Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) agreed with the sentiment, stating legislators can’t afford to fall behind.

This time, Lieu suggests lawmakers get ahead or at least work alongside the advancements to address any potential issues from the start. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently told Fox News that he believes lawmakers will need to monitor AI.

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