US President Joe Biden addressed his science and technology advisers on Tuesday, discussing the potential benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), reports Reuters.
“Tech companies have a responsibility, in my view, to make sure their products are safe before making them public,” said Biden.
The US president acknowledged that AI could help solve global problems like disease and climate change, but he also warned of potential risks to society, national security and the economy.
Biden answered the question of whether AI is dangerous: “It remains to be seen. Could be.” He expressed concern about the impact of powerful technology on mental health and self-esteem, especially among young people, and called on Congress to pass bipartisan privacy legislation to protect personal data and prioritize health and safety in product development.
AI is an increasingly important topic for policymakers: the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Policy called on the US Federal Trade Commission to stop OpenAI from releasing new commercial versions of GPT-4. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy also called for a pause while society considers the potential implications of AI.
Last year, the Biden administration released a draft Bill of Rights aimed at protecting the rights of users during the design and development of artificial intelligence systems by technology companies. Biden’s focus on AI underscores the importance of addressing potential risks and ensuring responsible and safe development of the technology.