Technology companies including Google, Meta, and OpenAI agreed to a series of voluntary commitments they’ll make regarding their management of risks when developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems.
The agreements between the companies and the Biden administration are designed to ensure AI products are safe and properly tested before being introduced to the public, the White House said in a fact sheet Friday.
In total, seven companies agreed to the commitments: Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI.
The companies agreed to:
- Internally and externally test security of AI systems before release;
- Share information across industry and with the government on AI risk management best practices;
- Invest in cybersecurity and insider threat safeguards regarding new systems;
- Facilitate third-party discovery and reporting of system vulnerabilities;
- Ensure users know when content is AI generated;
- Publicly report their systems’ capabilities, limitations, and areas of appropriate and inappropriate use;
- Research societal risks their systems can pose; and
- Develop and deploy advanced AI to help address societal challenges (i.e., climate change).
Concern around AI risks has skyrocketed since the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November. How the company monitors, collects, and retains user personal information and ensures control over the popular generative AI chatbot is currently the subject of a Federal Trade Commission probe.
The rest of the tech industry is also experimenting with AI, including Google Cloud’s new anti-money laundering product for financial institutions and Meta and Microsoft’s partnership on their free-to-use open source large language model.
“Companies that are developing these emerging technologies have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe,” the White House said. “To make the most of AI’s potential, the Biden-Harris administration is encouraging this industry to uphold the highest standards to ensure that innovation doesn’t come at the expense of Americans’ rights and safety.”
The White House said President Joe Biden will soon release an executive order regarding responsible AI innovation, which will include a call for bipartisan legislation addressing the matter.