Lawmakers are flocking to private meetings, dinners and briefings with AI experts — including CEOs of the companies they’re trying to regulate

Unlike clashes with the CEOs of Facebook and Google, lawmakers’ chummy hearing with Altman was a reflection of how effective intimate events, like his private dinner, have been, said Sarah West, the managing director of the AI Now Institute and a former senior adviser on AI at the Federal Trade Commission.

West said executives like Google’s Schmidt are fueling the perception that AI is too difficult for Congress to grasp.

That, she said, is “a convenient narrative that positions accountability out of the hands of the people that the public has vested it in — and into the hands of the industry that is benefiting.”

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