AI, considered one of the most potent technologies of our time, presents vast opportunities. However, these can only be realized after effectively mitigating the inherent risks. The Biden Administration asserts that people and communities should be placed at the center of AI initiatives, promoting responsible innovation that serves the public good while ensuring the protection of society, security, and the economy.
The new strategy forms part of an ongoing effort to engage various stakeholders in addressing critical AI issues. As part of this engagement, Vice President Harris and senior administration officials met with the CEOs of four American companies at the forefront of AI innovation—Alphabet, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI—to emphasize the importance of driving responsible, trustworthy, and ethical innovation with safeguards to mitigate risks and potential harms.
This strategy builds on the Administration's earlier efforts to promote responsible innovation, including the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and related executive actions, the AI Risk Management Framework, and a roadmap for establishing a National AI Research Resource. In addition, the Administration has taken measures to protect Americans in the AI age, such as rooting out bias in the design and use of new technologies, including AI, and protecting the public from algorithmic discrimination. They are also actively working on national security concerns raised by AI, especially in critical areas like cybersecurity, biosecurity, and safety.
The new strategy includes several key announcements:
- New investments for AI research and development (R&D): The National Science Foundation is announcing $140 million in funding to launch seven new National AI Research Institutes. These institutes will foster collaborative efforts to pursue transformative, ethical, and responsible AI advances that serve the public good, bolster America's AI R&D infrastructure, and support the development of a diverse AI workforce.
- Public assessments of existing generative AI systems: Leading AI developers are committing to participate in a public evaluation of AI systems, which will provide critical information to researchers and the public about the impacts of these models, enabling AI companies and developers to fix issues found in these models.
- Policies to mitigate AI risks and harness AI opportunities: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will release draft policy guidance on the use of AI systems by the U.S. government, with the goal of safeguarding the American people's rights and safety.
While the Administration's new strategy represents a significant step forward, feedback from tech companies is a vital part of the conversation. Unfortunately, I was unable to find specific comments and feedback from tech companies on the new 9.1 strategy during my initial search. I will continue to look for this information to provide a more comprehensive view of the impact and implications of this new strategy on the tech industry.