The U.S. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking comments through 7 July, as the Biden administration develops a national artificial intelligence strategy to harness benefits and mitigate risks of AI. “This strategy will build on the actions that the Federal Government has already taken to responsibly advance the development and use of AI,” the request stated.

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Trustworthy and responsible AI

The EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council published a joint statement that reaffirms its commitment to a risk-based approach advancing “trustworthy and responsible AI technologies.” It added, “Cooperating on our approaches is key to promoting responsible AI innovation that respects rights and safety and ensures that AI provides benefits in line with our shared democratic values.

The Biden administration is divided on the regulation of AI tools, Bloomberg reports. The White House and the Department of Commerce favor an approach similar to the EU’s proposed AI Act, while the Department of State is hesitant regarding a stringent approach. The Center for AI Safety published a one-sentence statement on AI risks co-signed by more than 350 executives, researchers and others working in AI. “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” it stated.

Policy considerations

The U.S. Congressional Research Service published “Generative Artificial Intelligence and Data Privacy: A Primer,” a report focusing on privacy issues and policy considerations for U.S. Congress.

Vice President of the SAS Data Ethics Practice and member of the EqualAI board and National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee Reggie Townsend discussed the need for common sense, critical thinking and healthy skepticism around AI.

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