Delaney: If We Don’t Prepare for AI Disruption, Real People Are Going to Be Hurt
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – Reporting from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; New York Times business columnist Kevin Roose wrote that executives and industry leaders are “racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.” Last week, Brookings released a report that approximately 25 percent of U.S. jobs will face “high exposure” to automation in the coming decades and automation risk will be “most disruptive in Heartland states,” where existing jobs are more susceptible to being done by machines.
Presidential candidate John Delaney, the founder of the Artificial Intelligence Caucus in the House of Representatives, has made automation and the future of work one of the key issues of his campaign, calling for a National AI Strategy to make sure that these trends benefit the country and our workers. Last year, Delaney ran television ads in Iowa on the topic.
“Right now, we have a White House that is determined to rebuild the economy of 1950, instead of preparing our citizens for the economy that’s actually headed our way. If we don’t prepare for the impact of artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics, real people and real communities are going to be hurt. The latest news only further confirms that these changes are coming and coming even faster than we think. Inaction is irresponsible, the cost of doing nothing is not nothing” said Delaney.
“I believe that new technology will also create new jobs, but we have to make sure that workers will be able to do them and we have to make sure that the new industries of the future don’t just benefit the tech hubs that are already flourishing,” Delaney added.
“AI is a massive issue and no one is talking about it. It’s going to be a major focus of my campaign. We need a National AI Strategy focused on employment, security, and ethics. If we lose our global leadership in developing these technologies, the economic risks are even greater. We have to replace the K-12 education model with a pre-K-14 model that prepares workers for the future, we have to encourage new private sector investment in places that have been left behind through Opportunity Zones and infrastructure, make benefits portable, expand the EITC, and incentivize new government contracts outside the beltway.”