Washington, D.C. — A new report from the Center for American Progress urges President Joe Biden to issue an executive order and take other actions to address the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI).
This new technology that is already revolutionizing communications must be met with a comprehensive response from government so that workers, families, and our democracy are protected, the report says.
Some leaders have called for a pause in development of AI, but a pause is not likely to happen given business incentives and would not address the possible dangers of AI without a plan of action. The Biden administration outlined a plan of action with the 2022 release of the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and should take the natural next step to implement that blueprint.
“While AI has the potential to bring enormous benefits to society, it also poses major risks,” said Adam Conner, vice president of technology policy at CAP and author of the report. “We cannot allow the Age of AI to be another age of self-regulation. Issuing an immediate executive order to implement the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and establishing other safeguards will help to ensure that automated systems deliver on their promise to improve lives, expand opportunity, and spur discovery.”
The report calls on the White House to:
- Issue an executive order that implements the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights.
- Create a new White House Council on Artificial Intelligence
- Require federal agencies to implement the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights for their own use of AI
- Require all AI tools deployed by federal agencies or contractors to be assessed under the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s AI Risk Management Framework
- Require that agencies should exercise all existing authorities to address AI violations and assess the use of AI in enforcement of existing regulation
- Require that all new federal regulations include an analysis of how the rulemaking would apply to AI tools
- Prepare a national plan to address economic impacts from AI, especially job losses
- Task the White House Competition Council with ensuring fair competition in the AI market
- Assess and prepare for potential AI systems that may pose a threat to public safety
This report follows an April 11 column by Dr. Alondra Nelson, a CAP distinguished senior fellow and former acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who led development of the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights
Read the report: “The Needed Executive Actions to Address the Challenges of Artificial Intelligence” by Adam Conner
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