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White House Executive Order on AI Safety

White House Executive Order on AI Safety

On October 30th, President Biden issued the Executive Order (EO) to implement new regulations for the safety and security of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The EO aims to protect American’s privacy and civil rights in relation to AI, granting protection to consumers while seeking to maintain a space for innovation and competition among technology developers. To fulfill these requirements, the Executive Order requires developers to establish standards and tests to ensure their AI systems are secure and trustworthy. The EO also requires the larges AI developers to share their safety test results and other critical information with the U.S. government.

Agency leadership roles are also outlined under the Order. The National Institute of Standards and Technology will set rigorous standards for extensive AI system testing to ensure safety before public release. The Department of Homeland Security will apply those standards to critical infrastructure sectors and establish the AI Safety and Security Board. The Departments of Energy and Homeland Security will also address AI systems’ threats to critical infrastructure, as well as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and cybersecurity risks.

Additionally, regulations from the Department of Commerce will focus on protecting Americans from AI-enabled fraud. These initiatives aim to determine best practices for engaging with AI-generated content, specifically helping people identify and authenticate digital content. The government will enable cybersecurity programs to build on the Biden-Harris AI Cyber Challenge that will develop tools and fix vulnerabilities within critical software. 

To read the full Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2023/10/30/executive-order-on-the-safe-secure-and-trustworthy-development-and-use-of-artificial-intelligence/

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