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Ro Khanna and Brenda Lawrence Intro Guidance on Artificial Intelligence 

Ro Khanna and Brenda Lawrence Intro Guidance on Artificial Intelligence 

The intensity of concern about the implications of advances in artificial intelligence (AI) frequently spurs public anxiety. After waves of hype followed by disappointment, there’s widespread agreement that AI growth is accelerating. During the Obama administration, the White House organized four workshops to discuss AI and if it needed to be further regulated. Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) are making an attempt. The pair last week introduced a resolution calling for ethical standards to guide the field of AI. “AI is the next phase of the digital revolution,” said Khanna. “The burden falls on Congress to ensure that technology is implemented with thoughtful guidance given the shifting scope of privacy protections in the digital economy. Regulation and innovation must go hand in hand.” The resolution aims to promote transparency and explainability of AI systems, processes, and implications; Information privacy and the protection of one’s personal data; Interdisciplinary research about AI that is safe and beneficial, among other things. The duo also wants to ensure the industry will empower women and under-represented or marginalized populations. “Artificial intelligence has the potential to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity, such as climate change, wealth, and income inequality,” said Lawrence. “The broad societal impact of AI demands the inclusion of public opinion so that the few don’t make decisions for the many.” The resolution also promotes safety, security, and control of AI systems now and in the future.” More here.

State Universities Enrolling Fewer Black Students 

State Universities Enrolling Fewer Black Students 

House Dems to Introduce Expanded “Dreamer” Bill

House Dems to Introduce Expanded “Dreamer” Bill