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Rep. Ted Lieu on regulating AI, gun laws and the 118th Congress

Rep. Ted Lieu joins Washington Post Live on Wednesday, Feb. 1. (Video: The Washington Post)

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), one of three current members of Congress with a computer science degree, is sounding the alarm on the lack of guardrails around artificial intelligence as free tools like ChatGPT go viral. Lieu joins The Post’s Cat Zakrzewski for a conversation about his calls for more regulation of AI, the recent string of gun violence in his state and the balance of power in the 118th Congress.

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“It’s like comparing apples and automobiles. Biden did not intend to take classified documents and keep them and not return them. Former Vice President Pence did not intend to take classified documents and keep them and not return them. Donald Trump absolutely intended to take classified documents, keep them and not return them. So, that makes a massive difference.” - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We would love to have speaker McCarthy and the Republicans show us their budget. They are the majority party in the House right now. They have a duty and responsibility to put out their budget and they refuse to. Because they know it’s going to show massive cuts to social security. It’s really hard to negotiate if they don’t actually put out their plan … Democrats absolutely oppose deep cuts to social security. I’m fact, we oppose any cuts to social security.” - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think one way is to put AI into two different categories. One of which would be things that can kill us. Those areas should absolutely be regulated. And maybe there’s going to be a category of things that are annoying but aren’t going to really have a huge effect on us. Maybe we don’t regulate those things … And that why I think we need a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission to look at these issues and make recommendations.” - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I recently introduced legislation to regulate facial recognition technology because right now it is less accurate for people with darker skin. And if you deploy that technology across America, you’re going to end up not only having a lot of privacy issues, but also discrimination against minorities who will be misidentified far more often.” - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“With automation we saw a number of blue-collar jobs eliminated. With AI you’re going to see a number of white-collar jobs eliminated. And pretty soon you’re going to have more and more people every passing year with skills society does not need … There’s also benefits that could come from this disruption. So, you’re going to have jobs eliminated, but you’re also going to have jobs created.“ - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“What we have seen is a huge number of mass shootings, not just this month, but in every month up to this month. And it's going to continue for years to come unless we do something about gun safety … No matter what it is your view of the second amendment is, clearly there are no such things as high-capacity magazines at the time of the adoption of the second amendment.” - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) (Video: Washington Post Live)

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)