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The US Vice President and top advisers to President Biden met with several AI industry leaders to discuss “concerns about the risks associated with AI.”
On May 4, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris was joined by nine of the Biden administration’s top science, national security, political, and economic advisers to meet with heads of OpenAI, Microsoft, Google, and artificial intelligence startup Anthropic.
Notably, tech giant Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not present at the meeting.
Prior to the meeting, the White House released a flurry of AI-related announcements regarding funding for AI research centers, public policy on AI, and evaluation of AI systems.
The meeting focused on the transparency of AI systems, the importance of assessing and verifying AI security, and ensuring that AI is protected from intruders, according to the announcement.
Advances in tech always present new opportunities and challenges. Generative AI is no different.
Today, I met with CEOs of companies at the forefront of these advances to discuss the responsibility that governments and companies have to mitigate risks to protect the public. pic.twitter.com/YQOkdv1BgR
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 5, 2023
The government and technology executives reportedly agreed that “more work is needed to develop and enforce appropriate safety and security measures” for AI.
The CEOs pledged to work with the White House so that Americans can “benefit from AI innovation.” No specific details have been released about what security measures are needed or what exactly engaging with the government entails.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was absent from the meeting despite the company having been working on AI for years. A White House official told CNN: “He was focused on the companies that are currently leading the way in this area.”
Artificial Intelligence is one of the most powerful tools of our time, but to seize its opportunities, we must first mitigate its risks.
Today, I dropped by a meeting with AI leaders to touch on the importance of innovating responsibly and protecting people’s rights and safety. pic.twitter.com/VEJjBrhCTW
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 4, 2023
The Biden administration also highlighted — without going into detail — its work to address the national security challenges posed by AI, specifically mentioning cybersecurity and biosecurity.
It says these efforts will give AI companies “access to best practices” for securing AI networks from government cybersecurity experts from the “national security community.”
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On the same day, the Biden administration announced that it would provide $140 million to open seven new national artificial intelligence research institutes, bringing the nationwide total to 25.
“These institutions support the US AI infrastructure [исследований и разработок],” the White House said. He added that the institutions will “make a breakthrough” in areas such as “climate, agriculture, energy, health, education and cybersecurity.”
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In a separate announcement, the government said that AI firms including Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, NVIDIA, Hugging Face and Stability AI will also participate in the public evaluation of AI systems on the platform from AI training firm Scale AI at the DEFCON hacker conference. inAugust.
We’ve been hard at work on the Generative Red Team event we’re doing at @defcon for a while and are excited that the @WhiteHouse announced it this morning. Here’s more details: https://t.co/04oXIqXrKr
— AI Village @ DEF CON (@aivillage_dc) May 4, 2023
Finally, the White House has said it will release a draft policy on how the US government will use AI, which will be available for public comment “this summer.”
A policy will be developed regarding the development, use and purchase of AI by federal departments and agencies. It says the policy will become a “model” for state and local governments in their own procurement and use of AI.
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