As the White House moved Monday to control the development of artificial intelligence systems and deal with any impact on employment, Connecticut companies are moving ahead cautiously, with AI-oriented jobs constituting only a small percentage of openings today in Connecticut.

The White House directive spans privacy, civil rights and innovation among other factors, as the Biden administration toes the line between leveraging AI for the betterment of society while containing illicit use and any unintended consequences as a result of programs going rogue.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has been plumbing into the potential perils from AI in his role as chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, including the possibility of “massive unemployment” in his words that could be in the offing if AI systems displace workers.

“The president should be credited with reaching high and providing a really powerful, potential blueprint — even if he can’t do everything by executive order,” Blumenthal told CT Insider on Monday afternoon. “It’s not just that AI is moving forward, but it is accelerating to a breathtaking pace, so there’s a need for Congressional action.” 

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