Leading AI companies want to voluntarily comply with security measures24. July 2023
Leading AI companies want to voluntarily comply with security measures
Major American AI companies – Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft and OpenAI – committed to new security and trust standards in a meeting with President Biden over the weekend.
There are eight measures in total, including third-party mock-up testing, investments in cybersecurity, and virtual watermarks to distinguish real from AI-created content.
As part of the measures, the companies will independently test their AI systems and invite third parties to check them for security gaps. They are committed to watermarking AI-generated visual and audio content to ensure users can identify things like deepfakes, AI music, etc.
The voluntary measures are seen as an immediate step while Congress considers long-term AI regulations. The White House is also working on an AI executive order and is supporting bipartisan legislation to regulate AI.
On the side of Congress, lawmakers are reportedly considering a bill that would require political campaigns and groups to disclose their use of AI-generated imagery in political ads. In a speech on AI, President Biden emphasized the need for “new laws, regulations and oversight” to address the risk of AI. Biden confirmed his plans to take “executive action” to support responsible AI innovation in the coming weeks.
While the White House will enact executive action to regulate AI, Biden stressed that Congress must also pass specific AI legislation. “We’re going to see more technological change in the next 10 years or even next few years than we’ve seen in the last 50 years,” he said.
Biden, who announced AI companies’ voluntary commitments to safeguards, also called for bipartisan legislation that would impose strict limits on the collection of personal data, ban advertising targeted at children, and prioritize health and safety.
He also thanked both Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) for prioritizing AI regulation.