Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft and other tech companies agree to AI safeguards set by White House – Times of India

Washington: Amazon, Google, meta, Microsoft and other companies leading the development of artificial intelligence technology have agreed to carry out a set of AI safeguards piloted by President Joe BidenAdministration of
The White House said on Friday that it has secured voluntary commitments from seven US companies aimed at ensuring that their AI products are secure before release. Some of the commitments call for third-party oversight of the functioning of commercial AI systems, though they do not detail who will audit the technology or hold companies accountable.
Increased commercial investment in generative AI tools, which can write human-like text and brainstorm new images and other media, has raised concerns about their potential to deceive people and spread misinformation, as well as other threats.
The four tech giants, along with ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and startups Anthropic and Inflection, committed to security testing “performed in part by independent experts” to guard against key risks such as biosecurity and cyber security, the White House said in a statement. Have done
The companies have also committed to using digital watermarking to improve methods of reporting vulnerabilities in their systems and to help distinguish between real and AI-generated images known as deepfakes.
The White House said they would also publicly report on the flaws and risks of their technology, including its impact on fairness and bias.
The voluntary commitments are meant to be an immediate way to address risks ahead of a longer-term effort by Congress to pass laws regulating the technology.
Some supporters of AI regulations said Biden’s move is a start but more needs to be done to hold companies and their products accountable.
“History will show that many tech companies do not actually follow through on a voluntary pledge to act responsibly and support stronger regulations,” said James Steyer, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Common Sense Media, in a statement.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.Y. Has said he will introduce legislation to regulate AI. He has held several briefings with government officials to educate senators about an issue that attracts bipartisan interest.
Several technology executives have called for regulation, and several went to the White House in May to speak with Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other officials.
But some experts and emerging competitors worry that the type of regulation being issued could be a boon for deep-pocketed first-movers led by OpenAI, Google and Microsoft, as smaller players are locked out of the high cost of building their AI systems at scale. Language models follow regulatory strictures.
Software trade group BSA, which includes Microsoft as a member, said Friday it welcomes the Biden administration’s efforts to set rules for high-risk AI systems.
“Enterprise software companies look forward to working with the administration and Congress to address the risks associated with artificial intelligence and enact legislation that promotes its benefits,” the group said in a statement.
Many countries are considering ways to regulate AI, including lawmakers in the European Union who are negotiating comprehensive AI rules for the grouping of 27 countries.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently said that the UN is the “ideal place” to adopt global standards and has appointed a board that will report on options for global AI governance by the end of the year.
The UN chief also said he welcomed calls by some countries for the creation of a new UN body to support global efforts to control AI, similar to the International Atomic Energy Agency or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Inspired by models such as Panel.
The White House said Friday that it has already consulted with several countries on voluntary commitments.