AI Opportunities and Challenges: The U.S. Government’s Response

The United States Government is currently seeking volunteer experts with the aim of investigating how to seize the present opportunities offered by the development of artificial intelligence, as well as how to resolve the concerns and challenges generated by automated artificial intelligence technologies.

Given the increasing number of enterprises and tech entities investing in the development of such technologies, with no guarantee that they will not engender any harm, and may even proliferate additional issues, the U.S. Government is demanding that these entities propose pertinent regulations and amelioration strategies. Concurrently, plans to devise management methodologies are being formulated, so as to prevent uncontrolled potential risks brought about by these technologies, while embracing AI’s evolution.

Gina Raimondo, the United States Secretary of Commerce, delineated that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is in the process of establishing a public working group for AI technologies, with the aspiration of assisting in formulating guidelines for corporations to adhere to within the AI technology domain, thus combating the latent risks associated with automated AI.

This working group, comprised of volunteer experts from government agencies and private enterprises in relevant technological fields, will collaborate through online cooperative work formats. Initially, they will discuss the foundational framework for risk management strategies, ensuring AI technology-related management methods, while endorsing AI technology development. In the long term, the goal is to investigate how to address health, climate change, and environmental issues through AI technologies.

The Biden Administration, hoping to mitigate economic, national security, and social risk issues through AI technology, wishes to reduce the potential damage caused by automated AI to the greatest extent possible through the newly established working group.