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Senate Commerce Schedules AI Hearing

U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios
U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios (Image credit: White House)

The Senate Commerce Committee will take a look at artificial intelligence and other high-tech industries in a hearing Jan. 15.

The Republican-controlled committee wants input on how the U.S. can maintain its edge in AI, something the Trump administration said was a key element in any regulatory approach to the technology.

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“[D]eveloping the next generation of wireless networks and infrastructure” will also be another, and related, topic of conversation at the hearing, titled “Industries of the Future.”

The witness list will include a pair of FCC commissioners — Republican Michael O'Rielly and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel. Also to testify is U.S. chief technology officer Michael Kratsios, who was among the White House officials emphasizing this week that the U.S. must maintain its lead in AI, so the values of freedom and openness, and not those of authoritarian countries like China, undergird the technology.