Senator Cantwell Talks AI with WR 

Feb 29, 2024
Written by WR Communications

While visiting Olympia, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell engaged in discussion with WR’s Senior VP of Policy & Government Affairs Mark Johnson, and Local & State Government Affairs Manager Crystal Leatherman on her efforts around artificial intelligence (AI).

Drawing from her experience in the technology sector, Senator Cantwell elaborated on her initiatives in AI, emphasizing the importance of addressing critical issues such as deepfakes, algorithmic bias, and digital privacy. As the chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, she is at the forefront of developing a comprehensive legislative framework that addresses the multifaceted challenges and opportunities presented by AI, including national security, workforce development, and ensuring the global competitiveness of the U.S. in AI innovation.

In addition to her work on AI, Senator Cantwell is advocating for substantial funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This initiative aims to enhance public safety through improved weather forecasting. She is also dedicated to workforce development in Washington State, underscoring both current and emerging challenges of workforce shortages in a variety of sectors and industries.


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