Executive order mobilizes federal agencies to prepare for AI
On Monday, President Joe Biden issued a sweeping executive order mobilizing federal agencies to monitor, utilize, and create safeguards around artificial intelligence. The executive order addresses concerns around the emerging technology by creating new safety requirements for powerful AI systems and guarding against algorithmic discrimination while at the same time supporting many of AI’s potential benefits. The EO helps enable AI’s effective use by issuing guidance for agencies deploying AI, supporting immigration for AI workers, and advancing the responsible use of AI in healthcare and education, among other provisions.
“AI is here to stay, and rather than trying to turn back the clock, this executive order is an effort to protect consumers while enabling its benefits in key sectors of our economy and in government,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “A lot will depend on how agencies move forward with this guidance, but among the EO’s provisions on issues like immigration, workforce development, and research, there’s a recognition that this technology can help Americans at home, at work, and in school if we take the right approach.”
Among the EO provisions aimed at enabling agencies and consumers to benefit from AI are the following:
- Expanded ability of highly-skilled immigrants and nonimmigrants with expertise in AI to study, stay, and work in the U.S.;
- A pilot of the National AI Research Resource;
- Support for small businesses commercializing AI breakthroughs;
- New guidance for federal agencies’ use of AI;
- Help for agencies acquiring AI products and services faster;
- Streamlined federal hiring of AI experts;
- Work by HHS to support the use of AI in healthcare and the development of life-saving drugs;
- New resources to support educators deploying AI-enabled educational tools;
- And, research on training AI systems while preserving the privacy of the training data.
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