Harnessing Artificial Intelligence

The future is AI, and the future is now. Let’s shape it, before it shapes us.

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AI threatens 85 million jobs worldwide

It’s writing stories. It’s correcting code. It’s giving medical advice. It’s determining where bombs are dropped on the battlefield. 

Having held the first AI hearing in Congress, written the first National Strategy for AI, and served on the board of the creator of ChatGPT, I understand like any tool, artificial intelligence can wreak havoc or create opportunities for progress.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin said that whoever masters AI will master the world, we didn’t know he was predicting a technology Cold War between the United States and China where the victor will shape global markets and norms for the rest of this century. 

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To win this Cold War with China and take advantage of technology before it takes advantage of us, we need a strategy to harness AI.

Will Hurd

AI can drive economic growth by optimizing tasks and improving supply chains. AI can lead to longer and more fulfilling lives by spurring innovation in sectors like healthcare, agriculture, and biosciences.

AI can bolster our energy independence by optimizing resource utilization and reducing reliance on foreign sources.

I prefer a future shaped by technologies like AI to be defined by American values.

To accomplish this, we must invest in research, education, and policies that foster responsible and ethical AI innovation for the benefit of all Americans. To win this Cold War with China and take advantage of technology before it takes advantage of us, we need a strategy to harness Artificial Intelligence.

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Strategy to harness Artificial Intelligence:

1. Establish Fundamental Regulatory Frameworks

AI’s transformative potential can elevate the American way of life. However, its development and deployment must prioritize ethics, minimize biases, champion fairness, and safeguard privacy.

  • Mandate Legal Accountability: We need to ensure that all AI tools abide by existing laws, and there are no special exemptions shielding developers from liability if their models fail to follow the law. 
  • Protect Intellectual Property: Creators should be appropriately compensated when their creations are utilized in AI-generated content. Name, image, and likeness protections should be extended to prevent abuse by deepfakes.
  • Implement Safety Permitting: Just like a company needs a permit to build a nuclear power plant or a parking lot, powerful AI models should need to obtain a permit too. This will ensure that powerful AI systems are operating with safe, reliable standards.

2. Prepare the American Workforce for the Future

The United States has a unique opportunity to lead in an AI-centric global economy. We must ensure our kids are prepared for both 21st-century and 22nd-century jobs that don’t even exist today. This isn’t about just preventing a robot takeover; it’s about equipping our workforce with the skills to leverage AI as an asset.

  • Bridge the AI Talent Gap: Making coding and data analytics standard subjects in middle school and beyond is necessary to prepare our youth for future professions.
  • Enhance Government Efficiency with AI: AI doesn’t just belong to the private sector – our government needs to be leveraging AI to be more responsive to the needs of everyday Americans. AI can be used by the government to be more efficient and responsive, and in doing so, increase Americans’ trust in Government.
  • Leverage AI for Continuous Learning: Whether you’re a seventh grader grappling with trigonometry, a mid-career professional considering a change, or someone looking to upskill, AI can be a personalized, always-available tutor.

3. Fortify National Security with AI

National security in today’s world necessitates a two-fold approach to artificial intelligence: maximizing its beneficial capabilities while mitigating its risks. In an era where AI can serve both constructive and malicious ends, our readiness to defend against the negative is crucial.

  • Equip the Military and Intelligence Community with Advanced AI: We must invest in cutting-edge AI research and quickly deploy and integrate state-of-the-art AI tools within our defense and intelligence agencies to ensure we remain ahead of emerging threats.
  • Revolutionize Border Surveillance: We need to equip our border patrol with the latest advances in AI to ensure we are monitoring every mile of our border using the smartest technologies available to us, and that includes ones that don’t yet exist.
  • Strengthen Global AI Collaborations: Strengthening partnerships and information-sharing with allies will amplify our collective capabilities to defend against our shared adversaries.
  • Stay Ahead with Continuous Evaluation: We must develop robust metrics for assessing foreign AI technologies to better understand the evolving landscape in which we are operating so we can adapt our strategies accordingly.
  • Control AI Technology Exports: Implement strict regulations of sensitive AI technology exports to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
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The choices we make today will echo throughout history.

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The US needs to lead on tech

We must win against the Chinese government

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Future challenges

65% of Americans think AI will take their job

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China is going to use AI to control the population


We take democracy for granted

We need everyone to show up and vote

In the dawn of the AI era, we stand at a pivotal crossroads

The choices we make today will echo throughout history, determining whether AI becomes a force for unparalleled progress or unprecedented peril.

The United States, with its rich legacy of innovation and leadership, must spearhead this journey, ensuring that the AI revolution is anchored in ethics, fairness, and the collective good.

We cannot afford to be passive spectators in this transformative age. The stakes are too high, and the rewards too profound.

We must harness the boundless potential of AI, ensuring it serves as a beacon of progress, prosperity, and peace.

The future is AI, and the future is now. Let’s shape it, before it shapes us.

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This book covered all my values & concerns in a nuanced way that the majority of politicians today seem incapable of doing.

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About Will

Will Hurd has spent the past 20 years on the front lines of the most pressing fights facing our nation, in the Middle East, Congress, and the highest levels of business and tech.

Will has spent his life fighting for our country, and he will take those decades of experience with him as he fights for all us.

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I dream of an America where we have the smartest kids in the world. Every child in the U.S., regardless of location or age, should have access to a safe, world-class education.


The choice we face

In every decision we make, we stand at a crossroads. The path of division and quick fixes is well-trodden, but it’s time we consider a different route – one paved with unity and foresight.

Imagine an America where common sense prevails, where policies are crafted with the people’s best interests at heart, and our collective strengths are the foundation of national progress.

This is more than a possibility. It’s a choice we can make right now. By coming together, we have the power to foster a nation that champions innovation, inclusivity, and integrity.

What do we agree on?

Believe it’s important to protect free speech
Believe college education is important for success
Support the development of alternative energy sources
Believe it is essential to maintain Social Security
Support background checks for all gun buyers
Believe that LGBTQ+ individuals should have equal rights
Say it is important for the country to do more regarding race inequality
Are unhappy with the current US economy
Believe the federal government doesn't share enough information
Are concerned about pollution of drinking water
Believe the nation's infrastructure is in need of major repairs
Believe that access to affordable housing is a problem
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Blocked by the most Chinese Diplomats


Sanctioned by Vladimir Putin

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What’s a modern republican look like?

We’re a nation full of people with these values. If this describes you, you might be a modern Republican.

Respectful and Polite

Strong old school manners. You respect others, and say "please" and "thank you"


You give someone a fair shot


You're ready to put yourself in the shoes of someone else.


No matter street smarts or book smarts, you understand an education is important

Family Values

You put your family above everything and do everything you can to succeed


You take responsibility for your actions and believe in personal responsibility


You help others and you're always quick to smile


You don't let a little hardship get in your way


You know that we're better together and you are ready to help
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