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US technology companies including Google and OpenAI are set to publicly commit to promote safety and transparency in the development of artificial intelligence at the White House on Friday.
The White House says the executives from Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection AI, Meta, Microsoft and OpenAI will make “voluntary” commitments “to help move toward safe, secure and transparent development of AI technology”.
The commitments — which include agreeing to internal and external security testing of AI systems before they are released to the public — come less than three months after the Biden administration convened tech executives at the White House for what was described as a “frank discussion” about safety concerns relating to AI.
Several executives are expected to be at the White House to tout their new public undertakings, including Microsoft president Brad Smith, Inflection AI chief executive Mustafa Suleyman and Nick Clegg, the president of Facebook and Instagram parent Meta.
In addition to committing to more security testing, the companies will also pledge to share more information across the industry and government about how they are mitigating risks. They will also pledge to invest more money on cyber security safeguards, and promise to make it easier for third parties to discover and report vulnerabilities in their systems, the White House said.
The Biden administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have scrambled to formulate a coherent policy response to rapid advances in AI technologies that have emerged in recent months.
The White House called the voluntary commitments a “critical step toward developing responsible AI” but noted that the administration was still preparing an executive order, and urging Congress to pass legislation, to further regulate the development of AI.
A White House official said the voluntary commitments were “pushing the envelope on what companies are doing and raising the standards for safety, security and trust of AI”. However, that did not “change the need” for bipartisan legislation and an executive order from the White House.
“This is a high priority for the president and the team here,” the official added.