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President Biden Engages Tech Leaders In AI Debate, Stresses Need For Regulation

Updated: Jan 4

[Edited] In a bid to address the "risks and enormous promises" of artificial intelligence (AI), President Joe Biden gathered a group of technology leaders in San Francisco on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden
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The Biden administration aims to regulate the emerging field of AI, while also nurturing its potential for economic growth and national security, and safeguarding against potential dangers.

During the meeting with eight technology experts from academia and advocacy groups, President Biden emphasized the rapid technological change that lies ahead. He stated, "We'll see more technological change in the next 10 years that we saw in the last 50 years. AI is already driving that change."

The recent emergence of AI chatbot ChatGPT and other tools has sparked increased investment in the sector. These AI tools have the ability to generate human-like text, music, images, and computer code. While this form of automation has the potential to enhance productivity, experts warn of numerous risks associated with AI.

One concern is the potential for AI to replace human workers, leading to job layoffs. Additionally, AI has already been deployed in creating false images and videos, becoming a vehicle for disinformation that could undermine democratic elections. Governments, including the European Union, have expressed their determination to regulate and impose restrictions on AI before it becomes too late.

President Biden highlighted the harm that technology can cause without the appropriate safeguards in place, citing social media as an example. In May, the Biden administration convened a meeting with tech CEOs at the White House to discuss these issues, with the president acknowledging the enormous potential and danger associated with their work.

President of the United States Joe Biden
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The White House chief of staff, Jeff Zients, is currently developing a set of actions that the federal government can take in the coming weeks regarding AI. Top officials are meeting regularly to address this issue, in addition to the daily work of federal agencies. The administration is seeking commitments from private companies to address the potential risks posed by AI.

During the meeting in San Francisco, President Biden engaged with Tristan Harris, executive director of the Center for Human Technology; Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media; and Joy Buolamwin, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, among others. California Governor Gavin Newsom was also in attendance.

In addition to the AI discussion, President Biden is in the San Francisco area to raise funds for his 2024 reelection campaign. At a fundraiser, he emphasized the importance of safeguarding freedoms, particularly for the LGBTQ community and in light of recent developments regarding abortion protections.

Climate change has also been a priority in President Biden's speeches at these fundraisers. He mentioned that John Kerry, the special envoy for climate, is expected to soon return to China for talks on reducing carbon emissions.

  • President Joe Biden convened a meeting with tech leaders in San Francisco to discuss the risks and promises of artificial intelligence.

  • The Biden administration aims to regulate AI while nurturing its potential for economic growth and national security.

  • Concerns include the potential job displacement caused by AI and its use in spreading disinformation.

Source: AP NEWS

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