The White House Pushes AI Leading Companies to Mitigate Risks and Harms

IBL News | New York

The Biden Administration announced actions to deal with AI-related risks and opportunities and make sure companies deploy safe products.

Yesterday, Vice President Harris and senior Administration officials met with CEOs of Alphabet, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI encouraging them to apply safeguards that mitigate risks and potential harms to individuals and society [In the picture, Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, left, and Sam Altman, OpenAI’s CEO, arriving at the White House.]

More engagements are planned with corporations, researchers, civil rights organizations, not-for-profit organizations, communities, international partners, and others on critical AI issues.

“New actions include the landmark Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and related executive actions announced last fall, as well as the AI Risk Management Framework and a roadmap for standing up a National AI Research Resource released earlier this year,” said the Biden Administration in a press release.

In addition, the National Science Foundation announced $140 million in funding to launch seven new National AI Research Institutes, that will advance AI R&D to drive breakthroughs in critical areas, including climate, agriculture, energy, public health, education, and cybersecurity.

This investment will bring the total number of Institutes to 25 across the country, and extend the network of organizations involved to nearly every state.

The Administration will promote an independent commitment from leading AI developers, including Anthropic, Google, Hugging Face, Microsoft, NVIDIA, OpenAI, and Stability AI, will participate in a public evaluation of AI systems by Scale AI—at the AI Village at DEFCON 31.

“This independent exercise will provide critical information to researchers and the public about the impacts of these models, and will enable AI companies and developers to take steps to fix issues found in those models. Testing of AI models independent of government or the companies that have developed them is an important component in their effective evaluation,” said the Biden Administration.