The Asian Age

AI firms to submit safety reports to US govt

WH plans congressio­nal legislatio­n, working with other nations on rules


Washington, Jan. 29: The Biden administra­tion will start implementi­ng a new requiremen­t for the developers of major artificial intelligen­ce systems to disclose their safety test results to the government.

The White House AI council is scheduled to meet Monday to review progress made on the executive order that President Joe Biden signed three months ago to manage the fast-evolving technology.

Chief among the 90-day goals from the order was a mandate under the Defense Production Act that AI companies share vital informatio­n with the Commerce Department, including safety tests.

Ben Buchanan, the White House special adviser on AI, said in an interview that the government wants “to know AI systems are safe before they’re released to the public the president has been very clear that companies need to meet that bar”.

The software companies are committed to a set of categories for the safety tests, but companies do not yet have to comply with a common standard on the tests.

The government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology will develop a uniform framework for assessing safety, as part of the order Biden signed in October.

AI has emerged as a leading economic and national security considerat­ion for the federal government, given the investment­s and uncertaint­ies caused by the launch of new AI tools such as ChatGPT that can generate text, images and sounds.

The Biden administra­tion also is looking at congressio­nal legislatio­n and working with other countries and the European Union on rules for managing the technology.

The Commerce Department has developed a draft rule on US cloud companies that provide servers to foreign AI developers.

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