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Government Under Biden Wants Comments On AI Safety Measures

By 04/11/2023 10:51 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Although it hasn’t been decided if the government will play a part in the vetting, the administration of President Joe Biden wants better mechanisms to assess the security of artificial intelligence technologies like ChatGPT before they are made available to the general public.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that it would spend the next 60 days gathering feedback on the potential for AI audits, risk assessments, and other actions that can ease consumer worries about these novel systems.

Given the speed of invention, “there is a heightened level of worry now that it needs to happen properly,” said Alan Davidson, assistant secretary of commerce and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

The NTIA, which functions more as an adviser than a regulator, is looking for input on what regulations can increase the accountability of commercial AI systems.

In a meeting with his Council of Science and Technology advisers last week, Biden stated that tech businesses must ensure their goods are secure before making them available to the general public.

Before the release of ChatGPT from San Francisco startup OpenAI and comparable products from Microsoft and Google, which raised public awareness of the capabilities of the most recent AI tools that can produce human-like text passages as well as new images and video, the Biden administration also unveiled a set of broad goals last year to prevent harms brought on by the rise of AI systems.

In an interview, Davidson remarked, “These new language models, for example, are powerful, and they do have the capacity to do significant harm.” “We believe that by fostering more confidence in the innovation occurring, these accountability systems could help.”

The NTIA’s notice strongly emphasizes seeking feedback on “self-regulatory” initiatives that the technology developers are expected to spearhead.

In contrast, lawmakers in the European Union are currently negotiating the approval of new rules that may place tight restrictions on AI tools depending on how much risk they pose.


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