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Hoosier senator wants to prepare America for opportunities tied to artificial in
Source: Dan Carden

This story was written and edited by human beings using their education, training and experience to report on a newsworthy subject.

But perhaps in the not-too-distant future, a similar article will be composed by a machine, guided by artificial intelligence, or AI, and published with little to no human involvement or oversight.

What that world looks like — for journalism and every other American industry — is a major concern for U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.

He recently observed that the United States has no federal policies regarding artificial intelligence, such as self-learning computers, and no federal agency is in charge of keeping track of how artificial intelligence is being used, for good or ill, throughout the country.

To change that, Young is co-sponsoring legislation titled Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Act — or FUTURE of AI Act — that he hopes will begin the process of sorting out the economic opportunities and impacts that emerging AI technologies may have on American life.

"Artificial intelligence has the ability to drastically boost our economy," Young said. "As Americans continue to interact with this technology every day, and as its capabilities expand, it's important that we study and prepare for AI’s continued use in our society."

His measure, which is awaiting action by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, puts the U.S. Department of Commerce in charge of leading federal policymaking on artificial intelligence.

It directs the commerce agency to create an advisory committee tasked with developing recommendations within 18 months on how the government and business can work together to address a variety of AI concerns.


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