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Bipartisan Bill Aims to Promote AI Tech Advancement

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A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced a bill that seeks to encourage the continued development of artificial intelligence systems.

The Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Act of 2017 would direct the Commerce Department to create a federal advisory committee to examine opportunities and impacts of emerging AI tools on the lives of people in the U.S., Rep. Pete Olson’s (R-Texas) office said Tuesday.

The panel would recommend ways for the government and industry to collaborate on the development and application of AI technologies, protect individuals’ privacy rights, advocate innovation and global competitiveness for AI technology developers and restructure the workforce that will utilize AI systems.

Representatives from research institutions, universities, civil liberties groups, technology companies, data scientists and agency officials would compose the federal advisory committee.

Olson crafted the FUTURE of AI Act with Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland) as well as Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Todd Young (R-Indiana) and Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts).

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