September 24, 2023

The CEOs of main AI firms — together with Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Open AI’s Sam Altman — appeared earlier than Congress as soon as once more on Wednesday. However as an alternative of the conventional bombast and soapboxing we see throughout public hearings concerning the risks of unfettered AI improvement, this dialog reportedly took on much more muted tones.

In all, greater than 20 tech and civil society leaders spoke with lawmakers at Wednesday’s assembly, organized by Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, to debate how AI improvement must be regulated shifting ahead. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Todd Younger (R-IN) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) who have been additionally in attendance and reportedly working with the bulk chief to draft extra proposals.

The phrase of the day: consensus. “First, I requested everybody within the room, ‘Is authorities wanted to play a job in regulating AI?’ and each single individual raised their fingers regardless that that they had various views,” Schumer instructed reporters Wednesday.

However as Bloomberg studies, “areas of disagreement have been obvious all through the morning session” with Zuckerberg, Altman and Invoice Gates all differing on the dangers posed by open-source AI (three guesses as to the place outdated Monopoly Invoice got here down on that concern). True to kind, Elon Musk received into it with “Berkeley researcher Deb Raji for showing to downplay issues about AI-powered self-driving vehicles, in response to one of many individuals within the room,” Bloomberg studies.

“Some individuals talked about licensing and testing and different methods of regulation … there have been numerous strategies as to methods to do it, however no consensus emerged but,” Schumer stated following the occasion.

“That’s most likely the worst marriage ceremony to attempt to do seating for,” Humane Intelligence CEO Rumman Chowdhury stated of the occasion as an attendee. She additionally famous that Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg didn’t work together and sat at reverse ends of the room-width desk — presumably to maintain the 2 bloodthirsty cagefighting CEOs from throwing down and Royal Rumbling the esteemed proceedings.

The assembly members usually agreed that the federal authorities must “assist to cope with what we name transformational innovation,” one unnamed participant advised. That would entail making a $32 billion fund that will help with “the sort of stuff that maximizes the advantages of AI,” Schumer instructed reporters.

Following the seven-hour occasion, Fb launched Mark Zuckerberg’s official remarks. They cowl the corporate’s long-standing speaking factors about growing and rolling out the know-how “in a accountable method,” coordinating its efforts with civil society leaders (as an alternative of say, allegedly fomenting genocide like that one time in Myanmar) and guaranteeing “that America proceed to guide on this space and outline the technical commonplace that the world makes use of.”

In a departure from his rhetoric in recent times warning of perceived rising threats from China, Zuckerberg pointed to a brand new boogieman: “the subsequent main open supply mannequin … out of Abu Dhabi.”  This seems to have been a thinly-veiled reference to the UAE’s latest entrance into AI improvement.

Elon Musk, famed libertarian and bloodsworn enemy of the FTC, warned reporters corralled outdoors of the listening to concerning the “civilizational danger” posed by AI. He needs a Federal Division of AI to assist regulate the business. He reportedly envisions it working equally to the FAA or SEC (two extra companies Musk has been variously scolded by) however didn’t elaborate past that. “I feel this assembly might go down in historical past as necessary to the way forward for civilization,” he instructed reporters.

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