Carnegie Mellon University’s Block Center for Technology and Society Shares AI Expertise with Policymakers in Washington, D.C.
On September 27, experts from Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Block Center for Technology and Society participated in a roundtable discussion with members of the New Democrat Coalition Artificial Intelligence (AI) Working Group and the Problem Solvers Caucus to inform policymakers of the latest advancements, opportunities, and challenges surrounding AI. The meetings were facilitated by Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03), a double alumna of CMU, Whip of the New Democrat Coalition and Vice-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus.
“As a Tartan, I was especially proud to welcome my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, to Capitol Hill to talk about the future of AI policy,” said New Democrat Coalition AI Working Group Vice Chair Lee. “Our conversations bridged divides across the aisle and across the fields of policy and technology, and at a time when it could not be more important. AI is the next frontier for the world, including for policymakers on the Hill, and because it’s such a critical issue, I’m proud to see that both Democrats and Republicans can come together to listen to the experts and pave the way for policies that will drive our country forward in a safe and responsible manner.”
The Future of AI Policy
Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) meets with AI experts from CMU to discuss the latest advancements, research, opportunities, and challenges surrounding AI.
Participating in the roundtable discussions were CMU faculty members Rayid Ghani and Hoda Heidari from the Block Center’s Responsible AI leadership team, Ramayya Krishnan, faculty director of the Block Center, and Tom Mitchell from the Block Center’s Technology and Ethics leadership team. The team presented the latest research, solutions, and tools from the center, addressed opportunities in AI innovation to be more inclusive and improve quality of life, and answered pressing questions from policymakers.
“As AI continues to evolve on a daily basis, it’s important that policymakers stay abreast of the impacts AI has on society, the economy, and our lives,” said Steve Wray, executive director of the Block Center. “We are proud of the expertise within the center and our ability to serve as a go-to resource for policymakers across the country – especially in our nation’s capital.”
The September 27 roundtable discussions add to a series of briefings in Washington, D.C., for CMU AI leaders and faculty, including several policy briefings and Block Center faculty leaders testifying before two Senate committees.
About the Block Center at Carnegie Mellon University
Established in 2019, The Block Center for Technology and Society focuses on how emerging technologies will alter the future of work, how AI and analytics can be harnessed for social good, and how innovation in these spaces can be more inclusive and generate targeted, relevant solutions that reduce inequality and improve quality of life for all. For more information, please visit www.cmu.edu/block-center.