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U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium: Collaborative efforts for responsible AI development


Collaborative efforts for responsible AI development

The Biden administration has unveiled a significant initiative aimed at fostering the responsible advancement of generative AI technology. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo introduced the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium, a collaborative effort comprising over 200 entities, including prominent artificial intelligence companies like OpenAI, Google, Anthropic, and Microsoft, among others.


Raimondo emphasized the crucial role of the U.S. government in establishing standards and developing tools to mitigate risks associated with AI while harnessing its vast potential.


Participating in this consortium are also industry giants such as Facebook's Meta Platforms, Apple, Amazon.com, Nvidia, Palantir, Intel, as well as financial institutions like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.



Additionally, notable corporations such as BP, Cisco Systems, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Northrop Grumman, Mastercard, Qualcomm, and Visa, alongside major academic institutions and government agencies, are part of this initiative, which will operate under the U.S. AI Safety Institute (USAISI).


The consortium's primary objective is to address priority actions outlined in President Biden’s October executive order on AI. This includes the development of guidelines for red-teaming, capability evaluations, risk management, safety, security, and watermarking synthetic content.


Red-teaming, a concept borrowed from cybersecurity, involves simulated adversarial scenarios to identify vulnerabilities and risks, drawing parallels to Cold War-era exercises where the adversary was known as the "red team."



In line with Biden's directive, agencies are tasked with setting standards for testing and managing risks related to AI, encompassing various domains such as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and cybersecurity.


The Commerce Department, in December, initiated the process of drafting key standards and guidance for the safe deployment and testing of AI, marking a crucial step towards ensuring responsible AI development.


The consortium represents a significant collaboration of test and evaluation teams focused on establishing the groundwork for a novel measurement science in AI safety, as highlighted by the Commerce Department.


Generative AI, capable of producing text, images, and videos based on open-ended prompts, has generated both excitement and apprehension due to its potential to disrupt industries, influence elections, and pose existential risks to humanity.



While the Biden administration is actively pursuing measures to safeguard against such risks, legislative efforts in Congress aimed at regulating AI have encountered obstacles, despite numerous discussions and proposals.


Despite the challenges, initiatives like the AISIC underscore the importance of collaborative efforts between government, industry, and academia in addressing the complexities and ensuring the responsible development and deployment of AI technologies.


08.02.2024



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