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Sunday, February 5th, 2023

Reps. Hurd, Kelly seek national artificial intelligence strategy

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Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Robin Kelly (D-IL) recently introduced a concurrent resolution calling for the creation of a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy.

The effort stems from coordinating with stakeholders and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) – and includes recommendations from four white papers the lawmakers created with the BPC on Workforce, National Security, Research and Development (R&D) and Ethics.

“America leads the world in innovation, but to keep up, we must embrace AI in the government, private sector, and education,” Hurd said. “This means preparing America’s workforce, countering our adversaries’ commitment to AI, investing in R&D, and shaping the ethical guidelines and rules of AI based on America’s values, not that of an authoritarian regime, like Russia or China. This is a step forward our country must take to help us retain America’s edge in AI and secure the next 70 years of American-led international prosperity.”

The legislators and the BPC identified 78 specific actions guiding America towards responsible AI innovation.

“American ongoing and future leadership in AI will be based on today’s policies and investments,” Kelly said. “We need a real and actionable comprehensive plan, as this resolution calls for, to engage all levers of national power to create and preserve American AI superiority.”

Jason Grumet, president and founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center, said artificial intelligence is reshaping the economy, geopolitics, and society.

“With the right public policies and ethical standards, AI will enhance our national security and create a more prosperous and inclusive economy,” he said.

Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Michael Cloud (R-TX), and Jim Baird (R-IN) are original cosponsors.