California’s Representatives Establish AI Task Force California’s Representatives Establish AI Task Force
California’s representatives have established an AI Task Force, to focus on potentials and risks associated with AI. The task force is... California’s Representatives Establish AI Task Force

California’s representatives have established an AI Task Force, to focus on potentials and risks associated with AI. The task force is Co-chaired by Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia), this bipartisan initiative aims to position the United States at the forefront of AI technology, ensuring it leads the global discourse on this critical issue.

The leaders of the task force hold strong backgrounds deeply rooted in technology—Lieu, a computer scientist, and Obernolte, holding a master’s degree in AI—both chairs bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Their leadership underscores the importance of informed decision-making in an era where AI’s influence on society continues to expand.

In-Person and Virtual Conference

September 5th to 6th, 2024 – London

Featuring 200 hours of content, 90 thought leaders and experts, and 40+ workshops and training sessions, Europe 2024 will keep you up-to-date with the latest topics and tools in everything from machine learning to generative AI and more.


The task force, comprised of 22 members evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, reflects a broad spectrum of perspectives, uniting five Californian representatives with national colleagues. This composition of the task force is critical as the group tackles AI’s complex implications, from election security and intellectual property theft to weapons manipulation.

The task force’s bipartisan composition is a strategic effort to circumvent the gridlock that often hampers legislative progress. By fostering cooperation across party lines, the group aims to champion AI legislation that balances innovation with security, ensuring the U.S. remains a global leader without compromising its democratic values or intellectual property.

Despite historical precedents of legislative inertia, the 118th Congress’s AI Task Force is determined to break the mold. For example, Obernolte’s commitment to crafting a comprehensive regulatory framework by year-end is a testament to their resolve.

Level Up Your AI Expertise! Subscribe Now:  File:Spotify icon.svg - Wikipedia Soundcloud - Free social media icons File:Podcasts (iOS).svg - Wikipedia

This framework is not just about immediate legislative action but also about guiding future Congresses toward effective governance of AI technologies. And this push is highlighted by the over 200 AI-related bills introduced, yet stymied by competing legislative priorities.

This backlog underscores the need for “durable” regulation that can withstand the political and technological shifts, providing a stable foundation for the industry’s growth.  Alarm over AI’s potential misuse, especially in undermining democratic elections and enhancing foreign adversaries’ capabilities, has helped to motivate the formation of the task force.

In-Person & Virtual Data Science Conference

October 29th-31st, 2024 – Burlingame, CA

Join us for 300+ hours of expert-led content, featuring hands-on, immersive training sessions, workshops, tutorials, and talks on cutting-edge AI tools and techniques, including our first-ever track devoted to AI Robotics!


Instances of AI-generated misinformation and the looming threat of intellectual property theft by nations like China have underscored the stakes involved. This is combined with the member’s common vision: to navigate the complexities of AI governance thoughtfully and proactively.

We’ll see during the next congressional session of this task force and meet its goals and move the needle on AI regulatory frameworks.



ODSC gathers the attendees, presenters, and companies that are shaping the present and future of data science and AI. ODSC hosts one of the largest gatherings of professional data scientists with major conferences in USA, Europe, and Asia.