President Biden said on Tuesday that it is still unclear whether or not AI poses a threat to society, but that technology firms should take precautions to verify the security of their products before releasing them.
Vice President Biden convened a meeting of his council of scientific and technological advisors to discuss the potential dangers and benefits of the recent surge in artificial intelligence development for both individual users for national security.
“AI can help deal with some very difficult challenges like disease and climate change, but it also has to address the potential risks to our society, to our economy, to our national security,”Biden addressed the audience, which included executives from tech giants like Microsoft and Google in addition to academics.
The release of the widely used ChatGPT AI chatbot pushed artificial intelligence to the forefront of national and global discourse in recent months, prompting a race among technology giants to unveil similar tools and raising ethical but also societal concerns about tech which can generate convincing prose as well as imagery that looks like the work of humans.
CEO of the industry-backed Partnership on AI Rebecca Finlay stated that while tech companies ought to remain responsible for the safety of their products, Biden’s reminder reflects something new: the emergence of simple AI tools that can generate manipulative material and believable synthetic media known as deep fakes.
According to the White House, the Democratic president is using the artificial intelligence summit to “discuss the importance of protecting rights and safety to ensure responsible innovation and appropriate safeguards” as well as to restate his demand that Congress enact laws to limit the acquisition of personal information by internet corporations and to ensure the safety of minors.
Privacy concerns led Italy to temporarily prohibit ChatGPT last week, and EU politicians have been discussing the ratification of new legislation to limit the distribution of high-risk AI products throughout the bloc’s 27 member states.
But in contrast, “the U.S. has had more a laissez-faire approach to the commercial development of AI,” Managing Director of a Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI Russell Wald made this statement.
That won’t alter after Biden’s speech on Tuesday, but Biden “is setting the stage for a national dialogue on the topic by elevating attention to AI, which is desperately needed,” Quote from Wald.
Last year, the Biden administration released a series of ambitious goals to mitigate the negative effects of the proliferation of AI systems. These goals included recommendations for safeguarding individuals’ private information and reducing government monitoring.
Notably, the Blueprint for Just an AI Bill of Rights didn’t include any particular enforcement measures; rather, it was meant as a rallying cry for the United States government to take steps to protect digital rights and civil rights inside an AI-enhanced society.
Arati Prabhakar, the head of the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy and a member of the Cabinet, serves as the other co-chair of Vice President Biden’s Presidential Council for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PCAST).
When asked if AI poses any threats, On Tuesday, Biden stated “It remains to be seen. Could be.”