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U.S. President’s Executive Order Puts Boundaries on AI

U.S. President Joe Biden has issued an extensive executive order aimed at managing the benefits and potential risks associated with AI.

  • Mandatory standards, safety test sharing, and cybersecurity programs ensure AI systems are secure.
  • Addressing discrimination, protecting privacy, and providing consumer and worker support, making AI responsible and safe.

U.S. President Joe Biden has issued an extensive executive order aimed at managing the benefits and potential risks associated with AI.

This comprehensive executive order builds on previous voluntary commitments made by 15 leading tech companies to enhance the responsible development of AI. President Biden called it “the most significant action any government anywhere in the world has ever taken on AI safety, security, and trust.”

The Biden Administration understands the benefits of responsible AI use and the dangers the technology poses if left unchecked. As such, the Biden Administration “places the highest urgency on governing the development and use of AI safely and responsibly, and is therefore advancing a coordinated, Federal Government-wide approach to doing so.  The rapid speed at which AI capabilities are advancing compels the United States to lead in this moment for the sake of our security, economy, and society.”

The Executive Order outlines eight guiding principles and priorities that agencies should follow when undertaking actions related to AI.

Safety and Security

The executive order mandates the development of safety and security standards for AI. It obligates developers to share safety test results with the U.S. government. It also establishes AI cybersecurity programs to identify and rectify software vulnerabilities.

Innovation and Competition

The executive order promotes AI research across the U.S. and expands grants for essential areas like healthcare and climate change. In fact, it fosters a competitive AI market by urging the Federal Trade Commission to use its authority effectively.

American Worker Support

The executive order acknowledges AI’s impact on the labor market, offering guidance to mitigate worker displacement and unfair labor practices. It also promises a report on AI’s potential labor-market effects.

Equity and Civil Rights

The executive order seeks to prevent AI algorithms from exacerbating discrimination in housing and federal benefits programs and in the criminal justice system. It provides guidelines for fair AI usage in sentencing, risk assessments, and predictive policing.

Consumer Protection

The order establishes a program within the Department of Health and Human Services to assess potentially harmful AI-related healthcare practices. The order also supports the responsible deployment of AI-enabled educational tools in schools.

Privacy Protection

Agencies are encouraged to employ privacy-preserving techniques and cryptographic tools. The Department of Commerce is tasked with developing guidelines for content authentication to detect AI-generated content.

Government Use of AI

The order also outlines guidelines for federal agencies regarding AI use and procurement. It also expedites the hiring of AI professionals across government agencies.

International Collaboration

The order emphasizes international collaboration to establish global AI standards. It supports international frameworks for responsible AI governance, aligning with worldwide efforts to ensure the safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of AI technology.

The order aligns with the growing international focus on AI governance and responsible AI development, strengthening the global AI community’s commitment to ethical and safe AI use. But international interests don’t end here, the UK’s AI Safety Summit is tomorrow, and the English have a lot to say.

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