White House unveils wide-ranging action to mitigate AI risks

White House announces comprehensive steps to reduce the hazards associated with AI

On Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden will announce a broad range of initiatives pertaining to artificial intelligence (AI), with the goal of enhancing safety while shielding minorities, employees, and consumers from the hazards associated with the technology.

The executive order he will announce represents the most recent move by the administration to establish guidelines for artificial intelligence (AI) as technology rapidly advances in capacity and popularity in a setting with little regulation up to this point.

In order to make the technology safer, AI companies like OpenAI, Alphabet, and Meta Platforms previously freely committed to watermarking content generated by AI.

Beyond those promises, Biden will promote the new executive order at an appearance on Monday.

In accordance with the Defense Production Act, it mandates that creators of AI systems that endanger the national security, the economy, public health, or safety in the United States disclose the findings of safety testing with the government prior to the systems’ public release.

According to the White House, it also instructs agencies to examine associated hazards relating to chemicals, biological, radiological, nuclear, and cybersecurity and to establish guidelines for that testing.

The White House said in a release regarding the directive that the Commerce Department will “develop guidance for content authentication and watermarking” for label items that are generated by AI in order to ensure that government communications are understandable.

The directive covers privacy, housing discrimination, and employment displacement. White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed described it as the “strongest set of actions” any government has taken to safeguard AI security.

“It’s the next step in an aggressive strategy to do everything on all fronts to harness the benefits of AI and mitigate the risks,” he stated in a press release.

According to a G7 document, the Group of Seven industrialized nations will decide on a code of conduct for businesses creating cutting-edge artificial intelligence systems on Monday.

Speaking to reporters prior to the official announcement of the directive, a senior administration official refuted claims that Europe had been more active than the US in regulating artificial intelligence.

According to the official, the executive order was legally binding, and the White House thought that Congress should also take legislative action to address AI governance.

According to the White House, Biden is specifically urging Congress to enact data privacy laws.

Biden’s executive order aims to address the warnings from U.S. officials that AI can increase the risk of bias and civil rights violations. It asks for guidance to be given to federal contractors, landlords, and federal benefit programs “to keep AI algorithms from being used to exacerbate discrimination,” according to the release.

In addition, the order mandates the creation of “best practices” to mitigate potential worker harms from AI, such as job displacement, and necessitates the filing of a labor market impact report.

China is anticipated to be represented at this week’s AI global summit in Britain, which Vice President Kamala Harris will be attending. The event is being hosted by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

According to Sunak, the risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI) are best addressed by governments. AI, he claimed, has the potential to facilitate the development of chemical and biological weapons, incite fear, and, in the worst case, elude human control.


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