The administration of US President Joe Biden held a meeting with the heads of technology corporations to discuss the risks associated with AI. Writes about it BBC.
The event was attended by the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic. The White House believes they have a “moral duty” to protect the public from the dangers of artificial intelligence.
Tech giant executives were told that firms must “ensure the safety of their products.” The administration also expressed openness to new rules and laws regarding artificial intelligence.
OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman told reporters that executives are “remarkably unanimous” on the need to regulate the technology.
According to US Vice President Kamala Harris, AI can pose a threat to security, privacy and civil rights. At the same time, she also recognized the potential benefits of technology that can improve people’s lives.
Harris believes that the private sector has an “ethical, moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of its products.”
Biden also made a short visit to the meeting. The President backed Harris and said that AI has “great potential and great danger.”
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
“I know that you understand this. And I hope you can enlighten us on what you think is most needed to protect society and move forward,” the President said.
The White House also announced a $140 million investment from the National Science Foundation to launch seven new AI research institutes.
Recall that in May, the “godfather” of AI, Jeffrey Hinton, quit Google and said that he now regrets his job.
In April, Biden called concerns about artificial intelligence premature.
In March, hundreds of experts signed a letter calling for a six-month suspension of the technology.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates later opposed the initiative and said it would not solve the problem.
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