To anticipate the dangers of AI President Joe Biden held a meeting with CEOs of prominent artificial intelligence (AI) companies, including Microsoft and Google, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety of their products prior to deployment.
The rise of generative AI, exemplified by apps like ChatGPT, has generated significant interest, leading companies to rush in launching similar products that they believe will revolutionize work dynamics.
Millions of users around the world have started using these tools, which have the potential to make medical diagnoses, write screenplays, draft legal briefs, and debug software. However, concerns are growing about potential privacy violations, biased employment decisions, and the facilitation of scams and misinformation campaigns.
President Biden, who said he had personally used ChatGPT, urged officials to address the current and potential risks AI poses to individuals, society, and national security. He and the White House officials stressed the need for companies to be transparent with policymakers, evaluate the safety of their AI systems, and safeguard them against malicious attacks.
Dangers of AI
During the two-hour meeting, which executives from Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Anthropic, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and key administration officials, the discussion focused on transparency, safety evaluation, and protection against cyber threats.
Vice President Harris expressed the potential benefits of AI technology while acknowledging concerns related to safety, privacy, and civil rights. She emphasized that the CEOs have a “legal responsibility” to ensure the safety of their AI products, and the administration is open to advancing regulations and legislation in the field.
Following the meeting, Sam Altman of OpenAI stated that the companies were in agreement on the necessary actions to be taken.
The administration also announced a $140 million investment from the National Science Foundation to establish seven new AI research institutes. Additionally, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget will release policy guidance on the use of AI by the federal government.
Leading AI developers, including Anthropic, Google, Hugging Face, NVIDIA, OpenAI, and Stability AI, will participate in a public evaluation of their AI systems.
The proliferation of AI technology is expected to lead to an increase in political ads created using AI imagery, and the U.S. regulators are working closely with the U.S.-EU Trade & Technology Council on tech regulation.
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