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What to make of the new AI Roadmap from the Senate’s Bipartisan Commission | The TechTank Podcast

May 28, 2024


  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s 31-page blueprint proposes a $32 billion annual investment in AI research and development by 2026 to address risks like discrimination, job displacement, and election interference.
  • The proposal aims to ensure the U.S. remains competitive with China in the AI race, emphasizing strategic investment and regulatory measures.
  • Despite extensive expert consultations, the blueprint faces criticism for allegedly favoring industry interests and lacking sufficient protections against AI harms.
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A general view of the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 27, 2024. Source: Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA

With a bipartisan team, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has unveiled an ambitious 31-page blueprint aimed at regulating artificial intelligence. Crafted in collaboration with Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Republican Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Todd Young (R-IN), the plan proposes a substantial $32 billion annual investment in AI research and development by 2026. It seeks to mitigate AI-induced risks such as security threats, discrimination, job displacement, and opacity, while also advocating for the implementation of a national data privacy law and export controls on advanced AI systems.

Join us on the latest episode of the TechTank Podcast, where co-hosts Darrell West and Nicol Turner Lee delve into Schumer’s roadmap and its potential ramifications for the future of AI in the United States. Tune in for an enlightening discussion on the intricacies and implications of this significant initiative.

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