January 20, 2019

Can Congress Confront a Changing Tech Landscape?

“As the midterm election dust settles and a new Congress prepares for life on Capitol Hill by hiring staff and awaiting committee assignments, the economy, immigration and healthcare will understandably dominate the list of policy priorities. But Members must make time for national security matters, including emerging challenges like artificial intelligence (AI), before it is too late.

Despite ample warning about the national security implications of emerging technologies, Congress has done little to confront this issue. Broadly defined, AI is a system that performs tasks without significant oversight or can learn from its experience to improve performance. AI development is occurring domestically and internationally, both in government and private sectors.

Experts continue to express concern over China’s billion-dollar effort to become a global leader in AI by 2030. Russia is also investing, with President Putin claiming that future AI leaders will rule the world.

Yet in the midst of this growing competition, the United States has yet to produce a national artificial intelligence strategy or adequately prepare for future implications of current developments.”

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