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Sen. Cornyn on Schumer's AI forums: "I don’t think the scare tactics have been particularly useful"
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Sen. Cornyn on Schumer's AI forums: "I don’t think the scare tactics have been particularly useful"

Ep. 3 — Sen. John Cornyn (2-1-2024)
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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) — former Senate GOP Whip; running to replace Sen. Mitch McConnell as GOP Leader

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“What was your takeaway from all those AI briefings and forums?”

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“I think there’s been a lot of hype,” Cornyn tells Ask a Pol. “I think it’s a good idea for us to understand it better, but I don’t think the scare tactics have been particularly useful.”

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Caught our ear: AI regulatory body?

“There’s one guy, I think, former CEO of IBM, who said: ‘You can’t regulate what you don’t understand,’” Cornyn tells us.

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LISTEN: Laslo & Cornyn

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), slightly edited for clarity.

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TRANSCRIPT: Sen. John Cornyn

Matt Laslo: “What was your takeaway from all those AI briefings and forums?”

John Cornyn: “Well, either it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, or it’s going to take over the world and destroy us. It’s one of the two.”

Laslo laughs.

ML: “But can’t it be both at the same time?”

Laughs.

JC: “Probably. I think there’s been a lot of hype. I think it’s a good idea for us to understand it better, but I don’t think the scare tactics have been particularly useful.”

ML: “Yeah? And do you think — like some people call for an AI regulatory body, you think that’s going overboard?”

JC: “I do. There’s one guy, I think, former CEO of IBM, who said: ‘You can’t regulate what you don’t understand.’”

ML: “Yeah. There you go. Have a good one, sir!”

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