Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — joined by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Senator Todd Young (R-IN)— sent the following Dear Colleague letter on the three bipartisan Senators-only AI briefings that will take place this summer. The last briefing – our adversaries’ use of AI—will be the first-ever classified All-Senators briefing on AI.
The advances we have seen in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last few months have been astounding. From helping the paralyzed walk again to allowing anyone to be a computer programmer, the technological breakthroughs are happening on almost a daily basis. As AI transforms our world, the Senate must keep abreast of the extraordinary potential, and risks, AI presents.
Therefore, this work period, we will convene three bipartisan Senators-only briefings on AI that seek to answer the following questions:
The first will be “Where is AI Today?” This bipartisan Senators-only briefing will provide an overview of AI, where it’s deployed today, what it’s currently capable of, and the many exciting recent developments.
The second will be “What is the frontier of AI and how do we maintain American leadership?” This bipartisan Senators-only briefing will look to the future of AI, particularly how the technology is developing today, and how it could develop over the next decade.
The third will be “How do the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community use AI today and what do we know about how our adversaries are using AI?” This classified, bipartisan Senators-only briefing will explore how national security departments and agencies are utilizing AI and what we know about our adversaries’ AI capabilities.
The Senate must deepen our expertise in this pressing topic. AI is already changing our world, and experts have repeatedly told us that it will have a profound impact on everything from our national security to our classrooms to our workforce, including potentially significant job displacement.
We must take the time to learn from the leading minds in AI, across sectors, and consider both the benefits and risks of this technology. We will share more details on dates, times, and speakers in the coming days.
We hope you will join us in these three bipartisan Senators-only briefings on AI.
Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator
M. Michael Rounds, U.S. Senator
Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator
Todd Young, U.S. Senator