Vice President Kamala Harris found herself in yet another verbal stumble as she attempted to explain the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) to a group of labor and civil rights leaders on Wednesday. Known for her wordy and often confusing statements, Harris’s latest gaffe only added to her reputation for linguistic missteps.
During a roundtable discussion at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., Harris began her explanation by describing AI as a “fancy thing.” She went on to state, “First of all, it’s two letters. It means artificial intelligence, but ultimately what it is, is it’s about machine learning.” Her attempt to simplify the topic only seemed to complicate matters further.
Harris continued, “And so, the machine is taught — and part of the issue here is what information is going into the machine that will then determine — and we can predict then, if we think about what information is going in, what then will be produced in terms of decisions and opinions that may be made through that process.” Her convoluted explanation left many listeners struggling to grasp her point.
Attempting to clarify her statement, Harris summarized, “So to reduce it down to its most simple point, this is part of the issue that we have here is thinking about what is going into a decision, and then whether that decision is actually legitimate and reflective of the needs and the life experiences of all the people.”
The Vice President’s comments underscored the need for transparency in the AI process and its impact on decision-making. However, her choice of words and meandering discourse did little to effectively convey her message.
Kamala Harris sounds like she had a report due on AI, but absolutely didn’t read the book.
It’s absolutely impossible to believe that this person made it through law school, was able to pass the bar and was the AG of a state. pic.twitter.com/wY7dElYKbe
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 12, 2023
This recent gaffe comes just a day after Harris faced ridicule for her comments during a roundtable discussion on transportation. In an obvious and simplistic statement, she stated, “This issue of transportation is fundamentally about just making sure that people have the ability to get where they need to go! It’s that basic.” Her statement, although seemingly obvious, drew criticism for its lack of substance and depth.
Transportation crisis solved!
“This issue of transportation is fundamentally about just making sure that people have the ability to get where they need to go”: Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/hc51B2gyr0
— Ronald Kelly (@RonK3l) July 12, 2023
In April, Harris once again puzzled listeners during a pro-abortion rally. Her remarks centered on the “importance of the moment” and emphasized the need to contextualize and understand the present in relation to the past and future. However, her convoluted phrasing left many scratching their heads and questioning the clarity of her message.
These recent word salad gaffes have added to the growing reputation of Vice President Kamala Harris for her confusing and often unclear statements. As a prominent figure in the Biden administration, her ability to effectively communicate complex ideas remains a topic of concern and scrutiny.
Kamala Harris is “unburdened” by competency pic.twitter.com/3XKC7hKvLD
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 10, 2023