December 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today the technology industry trade group ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, highlighted recent Congressional action regarding Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence (FUTURE) Act.

In October, ITI released the first industry-wide policy principles on AI and continues to engage with policymakers as they examine this technology. The principles serve as an important guide for industry and governments, as well as academia and the public, to ensure AI’s responsible growth and deployment as society realizes the full benefits of this life-changing technology.

“Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the way we live our lives,” said ITI president and CEO Dean Garfield. “From diagnosing cancer quicker and more accurately to helping us protect our environment to helping teachers educate the next generation, the vast benefits of this technology will be felt by Americans across the country. Couple the power of AI with smart policies from lawmakers and we have the potential to fully realize the benefits of this emerging technology. We thank Senators Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Young (R-Ind.) for prioritizing this issue and we look forward to working with them and their colleagues in Congress to ensure the responsible development and deployment of this transformative technology.”

The introduction of the bills comes on the same day the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet held a hearing to examine machine learning and AI. ITI submitted a statement for the record for today’s hearing, commending the Committee’s attention to the issue and underscoring tech’s ongoing engagement with stakeholders on policies related to the technology’s growth. Read the statement here.

Public Policy Tags: Internet of Things, Skills/STEM