Describing artificial intelligence as the “most consequential technology of our time,” President Joe Biden signed a new executive order yesterday to guide responsible AI development and guard against risks.
A milestone for AI policy in the U.S., the new EO covers a wide array of issues with broad implications for government agencies, businesses and consumers. Using the Defense Production Act, the sweeping order addresses a range of concerns including data privacy, cyber attacks, disinformation and national security. It also directs federal agencies to explore AI’s potential implications for civil rights, health care, innovation, competition, education and the economy.
In a speech Monday afternoon, Biden listed a range of ways AI has the potential to both help and harm — and even joked about watching an AI deepfake of himself that made him think, “When the hell did I say that?”