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Senate Starts to Fracture Over How to Govern AI

Differing opinions related to AI are creating waves within Congress

Cracks are starting to emerge in the Senate's approach to regulating artificial intelligence — its top tech policy focus of the fall.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) convened what he called an "unprecedented" gathering of tech CEOs for an all-day listening session on how the fast-moving technology should be regulated.

But just a day before, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), two prominent senators on the Judiciary Committee, held a separate hearing to refine their own set of comprehensive AI rules, which they released on Friday. Other senators are busy drafting or introducing bills to address AI-enabled deepfakes, government procurement of automated systems and other piecemeal approaches to the technology.

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