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Top tech companies pledge to AI safety measures amid concerns about the rate of change

Top tech companies pledge to AI safety measures amid concerns about the rate of change

By Osama mustafa Published 12 months ago 3 min read

The revelation comes amid criticism that AI's rapid development might allow genuine harm to occur before legislation can keep up. Although the voluntary promises are not legally enforceable, they can serve as a temporary solution until more extensive action is established.

Top artificial intelligence developers, includes Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, and OPenAI, will present new protections for the rapidly advancing technology on Friday at the White House.

Watermarks for AI information to make it simpler to recognize and third-party testing of the technology that will aim to discover potentially harmful vulnerabilities are among the regulations negotiated by the Biden administration.

The White House said on Friday that it has obtained voluntary agreements from seven US businesses to assure the safety of their AI technologies before deployment. At 1:30 pm ET, Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with the CEOs and present a set of initiatives.

The public is fascinated by these tools as well as concerned about the hazards they pose, including the capacity to deceive people and spread misinformation. This is due to a rise in commercial investment in generative AI tools that can produce impressively human-like writing, fresh pictures, and other media.

Eight steps are anticipated to be accepted by the IT companies:

1.Using watermarking to identify AI-generated material on audio and visual files.

2.Allowing "red-teaming"—the practice of independent experts trying to manipulate models into undesirable behavior.

3.Information on safety and trust being shared with the government and other businesses.

4.Investing on security precautions.

5.Assisting outside parties in finding security flaws.

6.Reporting societal dangers including prejudice and improper usage.

7.Prioritizing study of societal concerns posed by AI.

8.Utilizing frontier models, the most advanced AI systems, to address the biggest issues facing civilization.

Prior to a longer-term campaign to persuade Congress to establish rules governing the technology, the voluntary agreements are intended to be a quick method to manage dangers.

Biden's action, according to some supporters of AI legislation, is a beginning, but more must be done to hold the businesses and their products accountable.

In a statement, Common Sense Media founder and CEO James Steyer noted that "history would suggest that many tech companies do not actually walk the walk on a voluntary pledge to act responsibly and support strong regulations."

Chuck Schumer, the majority leader in the Senate, has declared he would submit legislation to control AI. He has briefed senators on a topic that has generated attention from both sides of the aisle through a series of meetings with government representatives.

Many technology leaders have advocated for regulation, and a number of them visited the White House in May to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden, and other officials.

However, some experts and upstart rivals are concerned that the proposed regulation could benefit well-funded first movers such as OpenAI, Google, and Microsoft, driving out smaller players due to the high cost of making their AI systems known as large language models comply with regulatory requirements.

The Biden administration's efforts to establish regulations for high-risk AI systems were applauded on Friday by the software industry trade association BSA, which counts Microsoft as a member.

"Enterprise software companies look forward to working with the administration and Congress to enact legislation that addresses the risks associated with artificial intelligence and promotes its benefits," the association said in a statement.

Many nations are considering how to govern AI, notably the legislators of the 27-member European Union who are creating comprehensive AI regulations for the union.

António Guterres, the UN secretary general, recently declared that the organization was "the ideal place" to establish international norms and he created a council to provide recommendations for global AI governance by the end of the year.

The head of the UN also stated that he supported requests from certain nations to establish a new UN agency to help international efforts to regulate AI, drawing inspiration from organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

On Friday, the White House announced that it has already talked with a number of nations about the voluntary pledges.

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