Rep. Soto Introduces Bipartisan “AI Jobs Act of 2018”

January 19, 2018
Press Release
New report to analyze future growth of artificial intelligence, impact on American workforce

Washington, D.C. Today, Congressman Darren Soto introduced the “AI Jobs Act of 2018,” legislation that will authorize the Department of Labor to work with businesses and educational institutions to create a report analyzing the future growth of artificial intelligence and its impact on American workforce. The bill was co-introduced by Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Mark Takano (D-CA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-DE), and Ralph Norman (R-SC).

The bipartisan group of members sponsoring the legislation issued the following joint statement:

“We’re proud to join efforts across party lines to introduce this legislation and help our workforce prepare for the ways artificial intelligence will shape the economy of the future. Technological advances will continue to present both challenges and benefits for American workers in industries ranging from transportation to cybersecurity to advanced manufacturing. Our bipartisan legislation will help American workers better understand and prepare for the emerging job opportunities created by artificial intelligence and to adapt to changes in our evolving economy.”

Specifically, the report would collect data to analyze which industries are projected to have the most growth through artificial intelligence, and the demographics which may experience expanded career opportunities and those most vulnerable to job displacement.

To ensure transparency, the report will be conducted in a nonpartisan manner, in collaboration with educational institutions; employers and think tanks in the tech and manufacturing sectors; and the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Bureau of the Census. The legislation is also supported by corporations such as Intel Corporation and the Center for Data Innovation.

Click here for full text of the Bill.