May 19, 2024

Top Tech Companies Pledge Not To Be Reckless With Their AI Tools

The White House has reached a voluntary agreement with top tech companies to prevent their AI technologies from wreaking havoc on society.

The Biden administration Announced(Opens in a new window) the agreement today amid growing fears that AI generation programs could encourage misinformation and take jobs away from people.

Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection AI, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI have agreed that independent experts will test their AI programs for safety before releasing them publicly. They will also develop ways to essentially flag AI-generated content to prevent the public from falling for deep fakes and other AI-generated misinformation.

The companies also pledged to invest in cyber security to protect their proprietary AI code, including the model weights, from being stolen or leaked to the public.

“These commitments, which the companies have chosen to make immediately, reflect three principles that must be fundamental to the future of AI – safety, security and trust,” says the White House.

But other aspects of the agreement are not about regulating the AI ​​programs. For example, the White House says the seven companies will research the risks of AI, “including avoiding harmful bias and discrimination, and protecting privacy.” But there is no mention of the same companies refraining from scraping public data to train their AI models — a practice that is drawing regulatory scrutiny from the FTC and the subject of several lawsuits.

Senator Mark Warner, chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement that AI vendors “often talk about their commitment to security and safety, [but] we have repeatedly seen the rapid release of exploitable products, products that have the potential to generate unreliable outputs, and which could be misused.

“These commitments are a step in the right direction, but, as I’ve said before, we need more than industry commitments,” Sen Warner said. “We also need a certain amount of regulation.”

President Biden will meet with executives from all seven technology companies on Friday to announce the voluntary agreements. But the White House sees the pledges as a first step as well.

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“There is a lot more work going on. The Biden-Harris Administration is currently developing an executive order and will pursue bipartisan legislation to help America lead the way in responsible innovation,” the announcement states.

I blog post(Opens in a new window), Google called the voluntary agreements “a milestone in bringing the industry together to make sure AI helps everyone.” The company will be “integrating watermark(Opens in a new window)metadata, and other innovative techniques within Google programs to help users identify AI-generated images across the company’s search products.

Meanwhile, OpenAI said: “These voluntary commitments are consistent with existing laws and regulations, and designed to advance the legal regime and policies of AI generation. Companies intend for these voluntary commitments to remain in place until regulations covering substantially the same issues come into force.”

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