Hawley, Blumenthal Hold Hearing On Principles For Regulating Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, held a hearing on the guiding principles for regulating artificial intelligence (A.I.) moving forward.

Senator Hawley questioned leaders in the A.I. space—including Dario Amodei, Cofounder and CEO of Anthropic, Yoshua Bengio, Professor at the Université de Montréal, and Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley—on the role of Big Tech in smaller A.I. development firms, the importance of safeguarding our A.I. supply chains, and the issue of offshoring of A.I.-related jobs.

“For my part, I have expressed my own sense of what our priorities ought to be when it comes to legislation. It’s very simple: workers, kids, consumers, and national security,” said Senator Hawley. “As A.I. develops, we have got to make sure that we have safeguards in place that will ensure this new technology is actually good for the American people.”

He continued, “I’m less interested in the corporation’s profitability, in fact I’m not interested in that at all. I’m interested in protecting the rights of American workers and American families and American consumers against these massive companies that threaten to become a total law unto themselves.”

Watch Senator Hawley’s full statements and hearing Q&A here or above.