Biden ‘dropped by’ to meet with Microsoft, Google CEOs on AI threats

President Joe Biden attended a White House meeting on Thursday with CEOs of top artificial intelligence companies, including Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft, to discuss risks and safeguards as the technology draws attention from governments and lawmakers globally. Is.

Generative artificial intelligence has become a hot topic of discussion this year, with apps like ChatGPT catching the public’s fancy, sparking a rush among companies to launch similar products they believe This will change the nature of work.

Millions of users have begun testing tools that proponents say can make medical diagnoses, write screenplays, create legal briefs and debug software, raising concerns that How technology can lead to privacy violations, skew employment decisions, and power scams and misinformation. Campaign.

A White House official told Reuters that Biden, who attended the meeting, also used ChatGPT. “They have been given detailed information about ChatGPT and have used it,” the official said.

Thursday’s two-hour meeting that began at 11:45 a.m. ET (1545 GMT) included Google’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft Corp’s Satya Nadella, OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Anthropic’s Dario Amodi as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and Biden Administration officials including the Chief of Staff are involved. Jeff Zients, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Harris said in a statement that the technology has the potential to improve lives, but it can also raise security, privacy and civil rights concerns. She told CEOs that they have a “legal responsibility” to ensure the safety of their artificial intelligence products and that the administration is open to pursuing new regulations and supporting new legislation on artificial intelligence.

Before the meeting, OpenAI’s Altman told reporters that the White House “wants to get it right.”

Asked whether the White House is moving too fast on AI regulation, he said, “It’s good to try to get ahead of it.” “It will definitely be a challenge, but I am sure we can handle it.”

The administration also announced a $140 million investment from the National Science Foundation to launch seven new AI research institutes, and said the White House Office of Management and Budget will issue policy guidance on the use of AI by the federal government.

Leading AI developers including Anthropic, Google, Hugging Face, Nvidia Corp, OpenAI and Stability AI will participate in the public evaluation of their AI systems.

Shortly after Biden announced his re-election bid, the Republican National Committee produced a video featuring a dystopian future during a second Biden term, created entirely with AI imagery.

Such political ads are expected to become more common with the spread of AI technology.

United States regulators have fallen short of the stricter approach by European governments to tech regulation and devising stronger rules on deepfakes and misinformation.

“We don’t see this as a race,” the senior official said, adding that the administration is working closely on US-EU trade. technology Council on this issue.

In February, Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to eliminate bias in their AI use. The Biden administration has also released an AI Bill of Rights and a risk management framework.

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division also said they would use their legal authorities to fight AI-related harm.

The tech giants have vowed to combat propaganda surrounding the elections, fake news about COVID-19 vaccines, pornography and child abuse, and hateful messaging targeting ethnic groups. But they have been unsuccessful, research and news programs show.

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