GOP Senator Pushes Regulations for AI Content

( – A Republican senator is pushing a bill that will require content generated by artificial intelligence (AI) that is publicly distributed to have a watermark so that consumers will be able to determine “what is real and what is made-up.”

Nebraska Senator Pete Ricketts put forward the proposed legislation, which also includes rules that will be used to enforce it. Ricketts said that the “threat of weaponized disinformation” was real, and causes undue chaos among Americans, adding that fake information and content generated by AI have the potential to “ruin lives, impact markets and even influence elections.”

The bill tasks the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security to draw up the guidelines for the watermark.

Incidentally, the tech bigwigs including Tesla and X (formerly known as Twitter) CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Meta/Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate to discuss possible regulations for AI, which has seen a rise in development and use in recent years. The meeting is part of a bipartisan effort led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to create a law that regulates AI, which will be the first of its kind.

There seems to be a rare consensus among lawmakers and tech giants – who have often clashed in the past over several issues – that regulation is needed for AI.

Musk told reporters that a “referee” of sorts was needed for tools like AI so that companies use the technology safely and always for the benefit of the general public.

Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker echoed the sentiments, saying that all parties in attendance agreed that the government should be allowed to regulate the technology. Actually crafting the legislation, however, will be another matter entirely.

Other attendees included Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia; former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, and Liz Shuler, who serves as president of the AFL-CIO labor federation.

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