Blackburn Warns Of China’s Rapid Advancement Of AI

September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, led a hearing that featured discussion on AI’s impact on U.S. national security and how the U.S. must prioritize technological advancement to counter Communist China.  


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We Must Remain Ahead Of Communist China On AI Race

“Our adversaries, like China, are not slowing down on AI, and we cannot give them any advantage in the deployment of this emerging technology. In fact, earlier this year, Senator Ossoff and I convened a hearing on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, where our witnesses discussed the CCP’s interest in rolling out AI systems to enhance the regime’s ability to surveil its citizens.” – Senator Blackburn

A National Data Privacy Protection Law Is Critical To Protecting Americans’ Data From AI

“Amidst the hyperfocus on AI, we must not forget about other issues that are as critical to U.S. technological advancement and global leadership. First, I have for a decade called for a comprehensive data privacy law, and it is vital that my colleagues keep this in mind when debating potential AI policies. It is virtually impossible to talk about these new and advanced systems without a real discussion about how to protect consumers’ data — their “virtual you.” Second, as AI systems require more and more computing power, the need for high-performance and quantum computing will become vital. This is why I have already introduced two bipartisan bills on this topic, and I encourage this committee to move on reauthorizing the National Quantum Initiative Act this year.” – Senator Blackburn

We Must Balance Consumer Protection With Innovation

“While it is important to prevent catastrophic events, we must also not lose sight of the transformational benefits of AI. For instance, in addition to the examples I previously mentioned, AI has profound implications for the financial and healthcare industries—two industries that are critical for Tennessee. That is why any regulatory action from Congress or federal agencies must balance safety with the preservation of an innovative economy.” – Senator Blackburn