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ChatGPT and Generative AI Legal Research Guide

U.S. Congressional Response

AI Update: AI Here To Stay, FTC Investigates ChatGPT, Repercussions For EU Regulation, Above the Law, July 14, 2023

The article reports on the continued presence of AI and the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into ChatGPT, an AI language model. It discusses the implications of this investigation for AI regulation in the European Union. The article highlights concerns about AI's potential misuse, deceptive practices, and lack of transparency. It concludes that AI is here to stay, but its responsible use and oversight are crucial for addressing ethical and legal issues, both in the United States and internationally.

AI is facing a regulation crackdown with or without Congress, MSN, July 14, 2023

The article discusses the increasing need for regulation of AI technologies, with or without Congress's intervention. It highlights the challenges posed by AI in various sectors, such as privacy concerns, bias in algorithms, and potential job displacement. The piece emphasizes that while some call for government involvement, others argue for self-regulation by tech companies. It explores the European Union's approach to AI regulation and concludes that regardless of congressional action, there is a growing consensus that AI needs oversight to balance innovation with societal interests and safeguard against potential risks.

U.S. Congress to Consider Two New Bills on Artificial Intelligence, Reuters, June 19, 2023

U.S. senators have introduced two bipartisan bills addressing artificial intelligence (AI) in response to the growing interest in regulating the technology. The first bill, introduced by Senators Gary Peters, Mike Braun, and James Lankford, requires government agencies to be transparent about their use of AI when interacting with people and provides a process for appealing AI decisions. The second bill, introduced by Senators Michael Bennet, Mark Warner, and Todd Young, aims to establish an Office of Global Competition Analysis to ensure the United States remains at the forefront of AI development and maintains a competitive edge against countries like China. These bills come as lawmakers recognize the need for new regulations due to the increasing prominence of AI.

AI in Washington's Crosshairs but Consensus Far From Certain, Reuters, May 15, 2023

Lawmakers in the United States are grappling with the challenge of regulating artificial intelligence (AI), but consensus on the best approach remains elusive. Concerns range from AI's potential for malicious use, such as spreading disinformation or enabling autonomous weapons, to worries that regulations could stifle innovation. The debate surrounding AI regulation is expected to persist for some time. Various proposals are being discussed, including regulating AI in critical sectors like medicine and finance, preventing discrimination and violations of civil rights through AI use, regulating AI developers and consumer interactions, and establishing a dedicated AI regulator. It is still uncertain which regulatory approach will ultimately be embraced, but it is evident that lawmakers are resolute in their determination to address the regulation of this powerful technology.

ChatGPT CEO Heads to Congress as Lawmakers Face AI Explosion, The Hill, May 15, 2023

On May 16, Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, the company responsible for ChatGPT, will appear before Congress to provide testimony regarding the potential benefits and risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI). This hearing is occurring at a time when lawmakers have been expressing growing concerns about the possible misuse of AI, including its potential role in disseminating disinformation and facilitating the creation of autonomous weapons. The hearing is anticipated to offer lawmakers an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the risks and advantages associated with AI, as well as to engage in discussions regarding the most effective approaches to regulating this technology.

Congress Gets 40 ChatGPT Plus Licenses to Start Experimenting with Generative AI, Fedscoop, April 24, 2023

Earlier this month, the Digital Services office of the House of Representatives acquired 40 licenses for ChatGPT Plus. These licenses were subsequently distributed. To facilitate testing and sharing of new AI tools in the congressional office environment, a new AI working group has been formed by the House. Among the AI tools that will be used for internal purposes in lawmakers' offices is ChatGPT Plus.

FTC Warns That AI Technology Like ChatGPT Could ‘Turbocharge’ Fraud, Techcrunch, April 18, 2023

During a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautioned that AI technology, such as ChatGPT, may amplify fraud and scams. FTC Chair Lina Khan and other commissioners addressed House representatives, stating that while AI technology offers numerous opportunities, it also carries significant risks. They provided instances of AI-generated fake news articles, highly realistic deepfakes, and chatbots that imitate actual individuals. The FTC cautioned that AI could be employed to make fraud and scams more intricate and harder to identify. They requested that Congress regulate AI and safeguard consumers against fraud.

Schumer Calls for AI Rules as ChatGPT Surges in Popularity, NBC News, April 13, 2023

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed a federal commission to supervise AI development and application. The New York Democrat's draft plan would create a 15-member commission advising on AI policy, crafting ethical guidelines, and pinpointing potential risks. As AI becomes increasingly prevalent in various sectors like healthcare, finance, and transportation, concerns about misuse emerge, such as autonomous weapons and misinformation-spreading deepfakes. Schumer's initiative represents the first substantial effort by the U.S. government to regulate AI.

A.I., ChatGPT Critics and Boosters Descend on Washington, Washington Post, April 8, 2023

As the AI policy debate in Washington heats up, lobbyists from both the tech industry and consumer advocacy groups are converging on the capital. Tech industry lobbyists are highlighting their attempts to build artificial intelligence responsibly and ethically, while consumer advocates are pushing for stronger safeguards to protect children’s safety online and prevent the spread of misinformation. The influx of lobbying underscores the high stakes of the debate, which will likely define tech policy in the US for months or even years to come.

Massachusetts Rep. Jake Auchincloss Reads Speech Written by ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence to Congress,, January 26, 2023

US Representative Jake Auchincloss delivered a speech on a bill that would create a US-Israel AI center using an AI-written speech generated by the online AI chatbot ChatGPT. Auchincloss believes it was the first time an AI-written speech was read in Congress. The bill would establish a joint US-Israel AI Center in the United States to serve as a hub for AI research and development in the public, private, and education sectors. Auchincloss said part of the decision to read a ChatGPT-generated text was to spur debate on AI and the challenges and opportunities created by it.

I’m a Congressman Who Codes. A.I. Freaks Me Out, New York Times, January 23, 2023

U.S. Congressman Ted W. Lieu made history by introducing the inaugural federal legislation written by artificial intelligence. He used the ChatGPT language model to write a congressional resolution advocating for Congress to prioritize AI. It marks the first instance of an AI-written resolution in Congress. Additionally, Congressman Lieu wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this week, urging Congress to regulate AI to prevent an uncontrolled and potentially dystopian future.