Baker McKenzie Partner Bradford Newman testified Oct. 31 before the US Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, as lawmakers look to shape the key aspects of federal AI workplace legislation in the US.
The hearing in Washington, DC, included testimony from four leaders in the development, deployment and regulation of artificial intelligence tools. Brad, Co-Chair of the AI Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and one of the leaders of Baker McKenzie's AI practice, has been recognized as one of the Top AI attorneys in California and is a frequent speaker on the benefits of AI as well as its risks. Based in Palo Alto, Brad has also authored numerous articles on these issues.
"I passionately believe that the AI employment context is one area where the federal government should act — cautiously, prudently and once fully informed — on a bipartisan basis to enact legislation designed both to promote innovation and protect the health, welfare, and safety of society," Brad said in his testimony.
Brad added, "A rational, risk-based approach would ensure that AI developers both large and small have the resources to comply and thus participate in the vast opportunities presented by the AI workforce ecosystem. From my vantage point, industry — and particularly the developers of this technology, want to do the right thing and are eager to work with a bipartisan group of federal legislators to get this right — especially in the employment context."
Watch a recording of the hearing here.
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