In a first of its kind, the White House saw its scientific advisers propose an AI “bill of rights” to limit the scope of damage caused by artificial intelligence (AI). The Office for Science and Technology Policy on Friday launched a new fact-finding mission, targeting facial recognition software and other biometric technologies, which are used to identify people, but also to assess their mental or emotional states.
To do the first step
Chief Science Advisor Eric Lander, along with Deputy Director for Science and Society Alondra Nelson published an article in Wired magazine highlighting the need for new legislation and safeguards against harmful and defective use. of AI, which can be used to violate people’s privacy and unfairly discriminate between them.
In their article, they say that while the first step is to “list the rights”, they also seek to convince the federal government to refuse to buy technology and software that “violate those rights”. Another option could be to force federal contractors to comply with this “bill of rights” while using these technologies, and to pass new regulations to fill in the gaps.
Meanwhile at the EU
This is the first time the Biden administration has come up with a fairly straightforward plan to address its concerns about AI. Their European counterparts have already taken some steps to curb risky artificial intelligence applications. European Parliament lawmakers have decided to vote in favor of banning mass biometric surveillance, but none of the member countries are forced to vote on the new rules, which would block the use of facial scanning tools in public .
Leaders in many countries have expressed their willingness to balance growing concerns about the reliability of AI tools, while harnessing their economic and societal potential.
Calling on companies to test the risks
According to a federal document filed Friday, public comments are being invited from AI developers, experts and people who have been affected by the use of the technology to collect biometric data. The Software Trade Association, which is backed by companies like IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce, has welcomed the White House’s decision, but also calls on companies to be required to conduct their own risk assessments of products from the Internet. ‘IA. , and demonstrate how they would mitigate those risks.
Source: Gadget 360