White House Meets With Tech CEOs on AI Innovation, Regulation

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On May 4th, the White House Administration, including both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, met various CEOs of companies currently at the forefront of artificial intelligence innovation. The goal of this meeting, according to the official meeting readout, was to discuss the advancement of AI as well as the associated risks. The CEOs chosen to be a part of this discussion were Sam Altman of OpenAI, Dario Amodei of Anthropic, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Sundar Pichai of both Alphabet (Google).

The Biden Administration targeted three specific areas in the discussion including the need for transparency from companies in the public and private sector, the necessity to evaluate the security of AI systems, and how to ensure AI systems can be protected from outside attacks. In addition to these concerns, the administration also announced plans to support AI development both financially as well as through regulatory means.

The National Science Foundation announced a plan to fund the creation of seven National AI Research Institutes. The foundation will support these new institutes with $140 million. According to the announcement details, this will raise the number of AI-focused institutes in the US to 25.

There was also an announcement for independent commitment from several AI developers to speak at the AI Village at DEF CON 31 about some of the previously mentioned key concerns regarding transparency and the evaluation of AI. The developers mentioned include Anthropic, Google, Hugging Face, Microsoft, NVIDIA, OpenAI and Stability AI—four of which were a part of the May 4th meeting.

As far regulatory initiatives go, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is planning to release a policy guidance draft that handles how the US government should approach the use of AI systems. It will be released later this summer and will be open to public comment. You can also read a preliminary blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights on the official White House website.

To read more about the meeting in depth, visit the White House website for the readout details as well as additional links for upcoming initiatives for AI in government.

Ash Hill
Freelance News and Features Writer

Ash Hill is a Freelance News and Features Writer with a wealth of experience in the hobby electronics, 3D printing and PCs. She manages the Pi projects of the month and much of our daily Raspberry Pi reporting while also finding the best coupons and deals on all tech.

  • atomicWAR
    AI...stick a pin it and maybe re-evaluate in say another 100 years when we think we understand it better.
  • Math Geek
    so meet with the people who have been warning us that what they are doing is VERY much not a good thing?

    and then let them have a say in how/if it is regulated?

    nope, can't think of any way this could end poorly.....
  • hotaru251
    We already know why gov will support ai...becasue of its benefits in weapons.
    I do wonder how far AI will get within the 30ish yrs left of my life.
    Could really use AI in control of some systems such as court/law as they won't deal with "feelings" or be bribe-able.
  • Oh my god that’s a horrid idea