Delaney Launches Bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus for 115th Congress

Press Release

Date: May 24, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has launched the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus for the 115th Congress. The AI Caucus is co-chaired by Republican Congressman Pete Olson (TX-22).The goal of the caucus is to inform policymakers of the technological, economic and social impacts of advances in AI and to ensure that rapid innovation in AI and related fields benefits Americans as fully as possible. The AI Caucus will bring together experts from academia, government and the private sector to discuss the latest technologies and the implications and opportunities created by these new changes. The AI Caucus has already begun meeting with experts this Congress and will participate in a congressional briefing hosted by IBM on June 28, with more events to follow.

"Artificial Intelligence promises to be one of the paradigm-shifting developments of the next century, with the potential to reshape our economy and daily life just as fully as the internal combustion engine or the semiconductor. As lawmakers, our choice is to either get caught flat-footed or to proactively anticipate how things will change and work on smart policies to make sure that the country benefits as much as possible overall. We have to start becoming future-focused when it comes to policy," said Congressman Delaney. "In my view, there is tremendous potential for AI to be a positive transformational force, but also understandable concern about the impact that disruption could have on existing jobs. Step one is hearing from those working at the cutting edge, as well as from experts who are modelling the changes to come so that we can start an entirely new discussion. That is what is needed and that's why this caucus is so important. I look forward to working with Congressman Olson on this important issue and leading a bipartisan and forward-looking discussion."

"Artificial Intelligence is no longer science fiction. For many, it is part of daily life -- from social media feeds to the digital assistant on our phones," said Congressman Olson. "AI will only continue to grow and policymakers have a responsibility to be forward thinking with respect to the revolutionary applications of it in our society. I agree with Congressman Delaney that it will a positive transformational force. This AI Caucus will give us a platform to engage in smart policies to improve outcomes as this technology continues to be part of our daily lives."

The AI Caucus also includes Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2), Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-6), Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Congressman Andre Carson (IN-07) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12). Congressman Delaney first founded the AI Caucus in 2015. This year, Fortune Magazine named Congressman Delaney was named one of 50 World's Greatest Leaders.