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AI's Threat to Jobs Has Execs Looking to Government

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Businesses are looking to government to support workers displaced by AI.

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U.S. Congressional leaders shared their worries about the threats that artificial intelligence could pose in a Senate subcommittee hearing last week. One of their most emphatic concerns was job displacement: Who will assume responsibility to protect workers whose jobs might be transformed, or even eliminated, by generative AI?

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) declared that his "biggest nightmare in the long term" is the job loss that AI could cause, before asking Sam Altman, chief executive of OpenAI, about his "biggest nightmare."

"There will be an impact on jobs," Altman replied. "And I think it will require partnership between the industry and government, but mostly action by government."

Altman, like many other executives unleashing new technologies on the world, has asked the government to assume the bulk of responsibility in supporting workers through the labor market disruptions prompted by AI. It's not clear how government will rise to that task.

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