Congressional AI Caucus: Artificial Intelligence is an ‘American issue’

“Artificial intelligence is an exciting emerging technology that can automate mundane tasks, allowing employees to focus on higher-complexity work and improve the quality of services that government agencies provide. However, because it is an emerging technology, agencies are taking it in different directions. Some are unsure how to best allocate taxpayer dollars, and others are unsure how to best educate and inform their stakeholders about the benefits, risks, opportunities and challenges of AI.”

“To unify AI efforts and clear some of these hurdles, Rep. Pete Olson formed the House AI Caucus with now-former Representative John Delaney during the 115th U.S. Congress. Olson spoke with Rep. Jerry McNerney, the new co-chair of the caucus who represents California’s 9th district, at the GovernmentCIO Media & Research AI & RPA in Government CXO Tech Forum to discuss the bipartisan effort in the house to keep people informed about AI and its prospects.”

“’You’ll hear us say a word over and over — you don’t hear it enough in D.C.,’ said Olson, who represents the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. ‘Bipartisan. This issue is not Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative. It is an American issue…””

“One reason AI caucus meetings are so well attended is due to concerns that the rise of AI will eliminate a large percentage of American jobs. Olson reassured the audience that this is not the first time America learned to adapt business to changing technology, citing the number of computer hardware companies that now sell software and IT services…”

“Following the theme of bipartisanship, McNerney has proposed an AI in government bill to increase AI funding and seek expertise from the private sector; the companion bill has passed the Senate, and the House Oversight Committee is due to mark the bill up soon. The bill would create AI centers of excellence and create new hiring paths in the field…” Read the full article here.

Source: AI Caucus Co-Chairs: AI is an ‘American issue’ – By James Mersol, December 9, 2019. GovernmentCIO.

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