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Blumenthal & Hawley to Hold Hearing on Oversight of Artificial Intelligence

Next Tuesday, Blumenthal and Hawley will hold a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology & the Law on efforts to oversee & establish safeguards for AI, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman will testify before Congress for the first time

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, will convene a hearing on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM titled “Oversight of AI: Rules for Artificial Intelligence.” 

“Artificial intelligence urgently needs rules and safeguards to address its immense promise and pitfalls,” said Blumenthal. “This hearing begins our Subcommittee’s work in overseeing and illuminating AI’s advanced algorithms and powerful technology. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we explore sensible standards and principles to help us navigate this uncharted territory.” 

“Artificial intelligence will be transformative in ways we can’t even imagine, with implications for Americans’ elections, jobs, and security,” said Hawley. “This hearing marks a critical first step towards understanding what Congress should do.”

The hearing will include testimony from:

  • Sam Altman, Chief Executive Officer of OpenAI;
  • Gary Marcus, Professor Emeritus at New York University; and
  • Christina Montgomery, Vice President and Chief Privacy and Trust Officer at IBM.

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law has jurisdiction over legal issues pertaining to technology and social media platforms, including online privacy and civil rights as well as the impacts of new or emerging technologies. In March, Blumenthal and Hawley held their first hearing titled, “Platform Accountability: Gonzalez and Reform” focusing on opportunities to reform tech’s liability shield after the Supreme Court argument in Gonzalez v. Google.