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Exploring Congress’ Framework for The Future of AI

“U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a white paper – Exploring Congress’ Framework for The Future of AI – on artificial intelligence (AI) and the technology’s potential benefits and risks to society. Additionally, Cassidy requested feedback from stakeholders on the role of government in regulating the AI industry and how to ensure AI technology is designed, developed, and deployed in a responsible manner that protects Americans’ rights and safety.  Cassidy hopes to use the feedback to better understand the effects of AI and how potential legislation and regulation could impact the creation and utilization of this technology… Specifically, the white paper examines AI’s potential to:

  • Support research and development of new medicines.
  • Enhance detection and treatment of current and emerging diseases.
  • Relieve workload of health care providers.
  • Secure Americans’ health data privacy.
  • Ensure children’s access to quality education and supplemental services like tutoring.
  • Impact curriculum in a manner that supports, not replaces learning.
  • Strengthen Americans’ job security and safety in the workplace…”

ALA Report – Texas leads the nation in book ban attempts

“ALA compiles data on book challenges from reports filed by library professionals in the field and from news stories published throughout the United States. Because many book challenges are not reported to the ALA or covered by the press, the 2022 data compiled by ALA represents a snapshot of book censorship throughout 2022. A challenge… Continue Reading

Blumenthal & Hawley Announce Bipartisan Framework on Artificial Intelligence Legislation

“U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, announced a bipartisan legislative framework to establish guardrails for artificial intelligence. The framework lays out specific principles for upcoming legislative efforts, including the establishment of an independent oversight body, ensuring legal… Continue Reading

Building America’s Clean Energy Future

Energy.Gov Invest – “President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda has spurred a new industrial revolution in clean energy. This web resource provides an interactive map on how the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are leading to announcements of historic levels of private sector investments in the United States, bringing manufacturing back to America… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence’s Use and Rapid Growth Highlight Its Possibilities and Perils

GAO, September 6, 2023: “The rise of artificial intelligence has created growing excitement and much debate about its potential to revolutionize entire industries. At its best, AI could improve medical diagnosis, identify potential national security threats more quickly, and solve crimes. But there are also significant concerns—in areas including education, intellectual property, and privacy. Today’s… Continue Reading

Trends and Disparities in Firearm Deaths Among Children

Pediatrics (2023) 152 (3): e2023061296. September 2023 – BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES – In 2020, firearm injuries became the leading cause of death among US children and adolescents. This study aimed to evaluate new 2021 data on US pediatric firearm deaths and disparities to understand trends compared with previous years. METHODS – Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

Sen. Whitehouse Lodges Ethics Complaint Against Justice Samuel Alito

“U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, today wrote a letter Chief Justice John Roberts to lodge an ethics complaint against Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for violating several canons of judicial ethics.  Whitehouse’s formal complaint follows revelations that Justice Alito accepted but did not disclose gifts of luxury travel… Continue Reading

US Copyright Office opens inquiry into laws needed to rein in genAI

“The agency move is part of an ongoing effort to gather public feedback on why AI can sometimes flagrantly use copyrighted materials to produce content. The agency plans to hand over its findings to Congress. The US Copyright Office is seeking public input on copyright law and policy issues raised by generative AI and is… Continue Reading

New LC Report on Safety, Security of Artificial Intelligence Systems

In Custodia Legis: “The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has increased exponentially and is permeating every aspect of our lives, from personal to professional. While it can be used in many positive ways to solve global challenges, there are also security risks to be considered, such as fundamental rights infringements, personal data security, and harmful… Continue Reading

Prioritizing People and Planet as the Metrics for Responsible AI

IEEE Standards Association – Prioritizing People and Planet as the Metrics for Responsible AI. Ethically Aligned Design for Business. “You may be aware of the term responsible artificial intelligence (AI). Perhaps you are already using a methodology for your AI design based on European regulations to avoid risk. Or you are working to help ensure… Continue Reading

Report: Surge of Intrusive Legislation to Intimidate Teachers, Drive Self-Censorship in Schools

Pen America: “A wave of state legislation sweeping the nation is creating the conditions to intimidate educators into self-censorship in schools, according to a new PEN America report released today. “Educational Intimidation: How ‘Parental Rights’ Legislation Undermines the Freedom to Learn” examines the rise of what PEN America has dubbed “educational intimidation bills,” a category… Continue Reading