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Congressman’s Apt Call for AI Regulation, Google Ad Tech Lawsuit & More

January 27, 2023 (1 min read)

U.S. Rep Introduces Unique Measure Calling for Regulation of AI

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced a resolution last week calling on Congress to establish a nonpartisan commission to make recommendations about how to regulate artificial intelligence. What made the bill unusual was that it was written entirely by the online AI chatbot ChatGPT, which has been drawing a lot of attention lately. Lieu gave the chatbot a simple prompt: “You are Congressman Ted Lieu. Write a comprehensive congressional resolution generally expressing support for Congress to focus on AI.” And a few minutes later he had his resolution.

In a recent New York Times op-ed, Lieu wrote that as one of only three members of Congress with a degree in computer science, he’s “enthralled by A.I. and excited about the incredible ways it will continue to advance society,” but as a congressman, he’s also “freaked out by A.I., specifically A.I. that is left unchecked and unregulated.” (NBC NEWS, TWITTER, NEW YORK TIMES)

Eight States Join Google Ad Tech Lawsuit

The attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia joined the Department of Justice in suing Google over its alleged monopolistic control of digital advertising. According to the complaint filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Google holds a “stranglehold” on the high-tech tools that allow advertisers to match ads to users. (PLURIBUS NEWS, CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE)

UT to Sue Social Media Companies for Harming Children

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) and Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) announced last week they intend to sue social media companies over harm they’ve allegedly caused to children. Lawmakers in the state are also reportedly working on legislation that would regulate youth access to social media websites. (PLURIBUS NEWS)

Facebook and Instagram Ending Trump Ban

Meta announced last week that it is going to let former President Donald Trump return to its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The news comes two years after Trump was banned from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in connection with the January 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (CNBC)

—Compiled by KOREY CLARK


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