Congress’ Bipartisan Bill Aims to Boost AI Literacy in Schools.

The “Artificial Intelligence Literacy Act” has been introduced in Congress in an effort to help schools teach AI literacy. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Larry Bucshon, aims to increase understanding of AI among Americans and ensure the nation remains economically competitive and militarily secure. The bill highlights the importance of teaching AI literacy and allows K-12 schools, colleges, nonprofits, and libraries to use grants available under the Digital Equity Competitive Grant program to support AI literacy. AI literacy is defined as understanding the basic principles, applications, and limitations of AI, as well as ethical considerations. The bill has garnered support from education groups and advocates for greater access to computer science education and workforce development. However, the bill does not provide new funding for teaching AI. The legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.