Tech Firms Join White House's AI Pledge

    Tech Firms Join White House's AI Pledge
    Last updated Sep 13, 2023
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    • The White House announced on Tuesday that eight American technology firms have joined Pres. Biden's voluntary AI commitments, which mandate taking actions toward developing responsible AI, such as watermarking AI-generated content.
    • The companies — which include Adobe, IBM, Nvidia, Cohere, Palantir, Salesforce, Scale AI, and Stability — pledged to test their products rigorously for safety before they hit the market.
    • In all, 15 US firms have now committed to mitigating the risks of AI, which include a promise to develop technology to identify AI-generated images and share data about their products' safety with the government and academics.
    • Since OpenAI released its ChatGPT chatbot last year, many have called on lawmakers in Washington to regulate the technology that allegedly threatens employment and spreads misinformation.
    • In a statement, White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients said that partnering with the private sector is part of Biden's drive to "harness the benefits of artificial intelligence" and "manage its risks."
    • Legislation is currently pending in Congress that would reportedly regulate AI, including the Artificial Intelligence and Biosecurity Risk Assessment Act and the No Robot Bosses Act.


    Pro-establishment narrative

    The White House has moved quickly to manage the risks of AI and work with industry leaders to harness its benefits to create a more robust economy. This administration is working hand-in-hand with industry leaders to advance the development of safe, secure, and trustworthy AI.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    The White House's AI safety pledge is a good start, but more must be done to ensure that powerful tools that could be used for malicious purposes don't fall into the hands of bad actors. A new international treaty is needed to establish an intergovernmental body that can provide oversight of AI globally.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 28% chance that the US will restrict some entities' use of generative AI via API (application programming interface) before 2026, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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