Summarizing Biden's Executive Order on AI regulation
The U.S. government is proposing guidelines around three pillars: safety, security and trustworthiness
On October 30, President Biden issued an Executive Order on “safe, secure, and trustworthy artificial intelligence” with the aim of leading in AI development while managing its risks.
Given that it’s a fairly long document (about 20,000 words), I decided to summarize it. Here are 12 key points:
New standards for AI safety and security: It mandates developers of powerful AI systems to share safety test results with the government, develop standards for AI system safety, and establish an AI Safety and Security Board.
Protecting against biological material risks: The order sets new standards for screening biological synthesis using AI, focusing on preventing the creation of dangerous biological materials.
Combatting AI-enabled fraud: The Department of Commerce will establish standards and best practices for detecting AI-generated content and authenticating official content, ensuring authenticity in government communications.
Advanced cybersecurity: A program will be initiated to develop AI tools for identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in critical software, strengthening cybersecurity measures.
National Security Memorandum: This directive will be developed to ensure the safe, ethical, and effective use of AI by the military and intelligence community.
Protecting Americans' privacy: The order prioritizes federal support for privacy-preserving techniques and research. It also evaluates how agencies collect commercially available information and develops guidelines for evaluating privacy-preserving techniques in AI systems.
Advancing equity and civil rights: Measures are taken to prevent discrimination and bias in AI applications in areas like housing and criminal justice.
Consumer and patient protection: The order aims to protect consumers from AI-related harms, especially in healthcare, and to support AI deployment in education.
Supporting workers: Principles and best practices will be developed to mitigate the negative impacts of AI on the workforce, including addressing issues like job displacement and workplace equity.
Promoting innovation and competition: The order seeks to catalyze AI research, promote a fair and competitive AI ecosystem, and streamline visa criteria to attract AI talent to the United States.
Advancing American leadership abroad: Collaboration with other nations for safe and trustworthy AI deployment, international AI standards development, and addressing global challenges are emphasized.
Responsible government use of AI: The order aims to ensure responsible government deployment of AI, including issuing guidance, streamlining AI procurement, and rapidly hiring AI professionals.