This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner.
This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will convene a group of lawmakers to hear from activists, technologists, and union leaders on the progress of artificial intelligence. It will be the first in a series of “listening sessions,” but make no mistake, this is the first step toward sweeping federal regulation of AI technology.
It’s clear where congressional Democrats stand on the matter. They’ve promised to do “years of work in a matter of months” when it comes to regulating this new sector. On the other hand, Republicans — and conservatives in general, who are enduringly and rightly concerned about government overreach — have been vague.
That must change immediately.