On October 31, 2023, President Biden announced a sweeping executive order to regulate the development of artificial intelligence (AI). The order, which is the most ambitious effort to regulate AI yet undertaken by the US government, is aimed at ensuring that AI is developed and used in a safe, secure, and responsible manner.
The order covers a wide range of issues related to AI, including:
Safety and security:
The order requires federal agencies to develop and implement risk management frameworks for AI systems, and to take steps to mitigate the risks of bias, discrimination, and misuse.
The order directs agencies to protect the privacy of individuals when using AI systems, and to ensure that AI systems are transparent and accountable.
Equity and civil rights:
The order prohibits the use of AI systems in a way that discriminates against individuals, and requires agencies to promote equity and civil rights in the development and use of AI systems.
Consumer and worker protection:
The order directs agencies to protect consumers and workers from the potential harms of AI systems, and to ensure that AI systems are used in a way that benefits society as a whole.
The executive order also establishes a new National AI Research Resource, which will provide researchers with access to computing power and data that is currently unavailable to them.
This is aimed at accelerating the development of safe and reliable AI systems.
The president’s announcement comes amid growing concerns about the potential risks of AI, such as its potential to be used to develop autonomous weapons, to automate jobs, and to manipulate people’s behavior.
The executive order is a significant step towards addressing these concerns and ensuring that AI is developed and used in a way that benefits society as a whole.
It is important to note that the executive order is not a law, and it is not clear how it will be enforced. However, it is a significant signal from the Biden administration that it is committed to regulating AI and ensuring that it is used in a responsible manner.