The U.S. Administration Unveils Plans to Spend $140M on AI Research; White House to Meet Big Tech CEOs to Discuss Risks of AI
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The National Foundation will spend $140 million on AI research and development.
The funds will be used to launch seven new AI research centers.
Vice President Kamala Harris and administration officials will meet Google’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Anthropic’s Dario Amodei to discuss the risks of AI.
The White House has unveiled today plans to address AI-related risks and opportunities as Vice President Kamala Harris prepares for a meeting with four big tech CEOs to discuss safeguards that can mitigate the risks of using artificial intelligence.
In a series of announcements, the Biden-Harris administration said that The National Science Foundation would pour $140 million in funding to launch seven new National AI Research Institutes. According to the administration, these new Institutes will use AI R&D in critical areas, including climate, agriculture, energy, public health, education, and cybersecurity.
Several leading AI developers, including Anthropic, Google, Hugging Face, Microsoft, NVIDIA, OpenAI, and Stability AI, have pledged to participate in public evaluations of existing generative AI systems at the AI Village at DEFCON 31, per the administration’s announcement. The assessment will involve thousands of community partners and AI experts in exploring how these models align with the principles and practices outlined in the Biden-Harris Administration’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and AI Risk Management Framework.
“This independent exercise will provide critical information to researchers and the public about the impacts of these models and will enable AI companies and developers to take steps to fix issues found in those models,” the administration stated in a press release.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be releasing draft policy guidance on the use of AI systems by the U.S. government, which will be open for public comment. This guidance will establish specific policies for federal departments and agencies to follow in order to ensure their development, procurement, and use of AI systems centers on safeguarding the American people’s rights and safety.
For today’s meeting, The White House has invited Google’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, OpenAI’s Sam Altman, and Anthropic’s Dario Amodei. Vice President Kamala Harris, along with administration participants Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Chief of Staff Jeff Zients, Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard, White House Counsel Stuart Delery and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Arati Prabhakar will be present at the meeting.
“We aim to have a frank discussion of the risks we each see in current and near-term AI development, actions to mitigate those risks, and other ways we can work together to ensure the American people benefit from advances in AI while being protected from its harms,”Prabhakar said in the meeting invitation obtained by Nextgov.
The administration’s latest announcements are part of its effort to develop policies around AI, which has become a hot topic. Last October, the Office of Science and Technology Policy released the AI Bill of Rights. In January, the National Institute of Standards and Technology published the AI Risk Management Framework.
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