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Biden publishing executive order on safe AI days before Sunak’s AI summit

World leaders are competing in promoting safe artificial intelligence. Just days before the UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak, is hosting what has been described as the world’s first AI summit, US president, Joe Biden, published his Executive Order on Safe, Secure and Trustworthy Artificial intelligence. White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Bruce Reed, said the US had issued “the strongest set of actions any government in the world has ever taken on AI safety, security, and trust”.

US vice president Kamala Harris is one of the around 100 participants in the UK  AI summit to discuss how to make AI both safe and useful. World leaders, tech industry leaders and academics will meet at Bletchley Park campus that was the headquarters for British code breakers during World War II.

The White House said that “as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive strategy for responsible innovation, the Executive Order builds on previous actions the President has taken, including work that led to voluntary commitments from 15 leading companies to drive safe, secure, and trustworthy development of AI.”

The Executive Order in short:

  • Require that developers of the most powerful AI systems share their safety test results and other critical information with the U.S. government.
  • Develop standards, tools, and tests to help ensure that AI systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy.
  • Protect against the risks of using AI to engineer dangerous biological materials by developing strong new standards for biological synthesis screening.
  • Protect Americans from AI-enabled fraud and deception by establishing standards and best practices for detecting AI-generated content and authenticating official content.
  • Establish an advanced cybersecurity program to develop AI tools to find and fix vulnerabilities in critical software, building on the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing AI Cyber Challenge.
  • Order the development of a National Security Memorandum that directs further actions on AI and security,to be developed by the National Security Council and White House Chief of Staff.

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