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ICYMI: Rubio on the Promise and Peril of AI

Jul 17, 2023 | Press Releases

The questions artificial intelligence cannot answer
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
July 17, 2023
The Hill

[T]here’s a lot we don’t know about AI, largely because it’s evolving so rapidly. Even ChatGPT cannot tell us what to do [about it]. Nevertheless, we do know some things, and the American people deserve to know what they are.
First, we know what AI is…. AI is simply the automated statistical analysis of data. Think of it as a computer program that uses what happened yesterday to predict what will happen today or tomorrow…. Because AI can analyze data faster, cheaper, and often more accurately than people can…[,] it will exponentially improve our decision-making abilities.
This brings us to the second thing we know: AI will revolutionize the information economy, for better and for worse…. It’s no exaggeration to say we’re on the verge of an economic transition as significant as deindustrialization was at the turn of the millennium.
Consequently, policymakers must begin the hard work of preparing society for drastic economic change…. [And] to show we have learned our lesson from the consequences of U.S. complacency during past technological revolutions, we should take steps to ensure China does not benefit from our progress….
This is especially the case when it comes to issues of national security. AI will expand military and intelligence analysis capabilities for governments around the world. China and other major adversaries are already working overtime to gain the upper hand. We must be on guard against them—and also against smaller states and independent actors whom AI will empower to punch above their weight.
If all this seems overwhelming, that’s because it is…. But it’s important to remember that there’s one more thing we know: AI will never replace the human element in policymaking…. Only humans can make the tough calls our country needs to survive and thrive in the 21st century….

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