According to a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is set to appear before Congress next Tuesday as lawmakers continue to investigate the potential risks and benefits of artificial intelligence.
This will be the first time that lawmakers will question Altman since OpenAI’s ChatGPT made waves in late 2022. The groundbreaking generative AI tool has led to a surge in investment in AI, prompting US policymakers to push for guardrails and regulation amid concerns about potential misuse.
During the hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, Altman will face questions alongside Christina Montgomery, IBM’s vice president and chief privacy and trust officer, as well as Gary Marcus, a former New York University professor and a vocal critic of AI “hype.”
“Artificial intelligence urgently needs rules and safeguards to address its immense promise and pitfalls,” said Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who chairs the Senate panel on privacy and technology. “This hearing begins our Subcommittee’s work in overseeing and illuminating AI’s advanced algorithms and powerful technology.”
He added: “I look forward to working with my colleagues as we explore sensible standards and principles to help us navigate this uncharted territory.”