US President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with eight business leaders in San Francisco on artificial intelligence (AI) on Tuesday as the administration pushes for a better understanding of the technology and the proper safety and privacy protections that it carries.
The heart of the meeting will center around the current challenges posed by AI on the workforce and children, the harm from AI bias, and potential benefits it carries for both education and medicine.
Those participating in the conversations include:
Sal Khan, CEO of Khan Academy Inc;
Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media;
Tristan Harris, Executive Director of the Center for Humane Technology;
Oren Etzioni, former CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence;
Fei-Fei Li, co-director of Stanford University’s Human-Centered AI Institute;
Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League;
Jennifer Doudna, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley; and
Rob Reich, political science professor at Stanford University
Last month, Biden and Vice President Harris met with the heads of Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Anthropic at the White House to discuss best practices, while simultaneously announcing an investment by the Biden administration of $140 million USD to establish seven new AI research institutes.
According to a White House official, the White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients is currently overseeing efforts to develop additional steps the Biden administration can take on AI in the coming weeks.
Earlier this month, Zients said that AI companies are working with the administration to unveil privacy and security commitments in the near future, but provided very little context.
The broad regulatory push has been exacerbated by other countries, including the European Union (EU) who are already in the works of passing what is considered to be the world’s first global regulatory framework on AI.
Last week, the EU took its first major step with the European Parliament passing a draft law known as the “A.I. Act,” which was first proposed in April 2021. While the initial draft came prior to the surge of generative AI, including chatbots, the new draft takes these into account, along with the implications they bring.
Unfortunately, one of Biden’s top AI advisers, Alexander Macgillivray, who helped write the president’s proposal for an AI Bill of Rights, left the administration on June 8.
Today is my last day in the glorious EEOB. It was a huge privilege to get to work here again as part of the Biden Administration. I am extremely grateful and more than a little sad that my time is up.1/2 pic.twitter.com/jg1JqYgKxW
— Alexander Macgillivray (@amac46) June 8, 2023
Ahead of last month’s meeting, companies including Microsoft and Google committed to participating in the first independent public evaluation of their systems, according to Bloomberg.
The Commerce Department also said earlier this year that it was considering rules that could require AI models to go through a certification process before release.
In other news, read about PassGPT, an AI that is trained on minimizing password leaking.
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