Eight US-based AI developers on Tuesday joined a growing list of companies committed to developing generative AI tools responsibly, including NVIDIA, Scale AI and Cohere.
The additions were announced by the White House and are part of an initiative by the Biden administration that was launched four months ago, when industry leaders met with them to create universal guidelines on how to develop AI. The trigger was the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which brought AI to the public in November.
“These commitments, which the companies decided to make immediately, underline the three principles that must be the basis of the future of AI: safety, security and trust, and mark a critical step towards the development of responsible AI,” the White House said in a statement.
In May, Vice President Kamala Harris met with leaders from Alphabet, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI to discuss the responsibility of corporations and policymakers to support reliable and ethical innovation with safeguards that reduce risks. risk and potential harm.
Seven prominent technology companies, including OpenAI, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Meta, joined the White House commitment in July. Today’s meeting with US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients was denounced by the White House as a “second round of voluntary engagements.”
“These commitments are critical to the future of AI,” Scale AI said in a blog post. “The truth is that the development of the capabilities of cutting-edge models must occur together with the development of model evaluation and security. This is not only the right thing to do, it is also practical.”
“We are pleased to join these commitments and to see that the White House is taking seriously the unique challenges, risks and opportunities facing the enterprise AI sector,” said Cohere President and COO Martin Kon, adding that the company looking forward to working with the legislators who initiated the new meetings. with government officials in the United Kingdom and Canada.
During testimony Tuesday before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, NVIDIA Chief Scientist William Dally confirmed that the computer scientist turned AI developer endorsed the White House’s voluntary commitments to AI, saying that as the company continues to deploying AI more broadly, it will continue to identify and address risks.
In his remarks before the Senate, Dally emphasized the need for balance regarding AI regulation, national security considerations, and the potential abuse of AI technology that could undermine the United States’ leadership in this technological area. .
“As long as we are thoughtful and careful, we can ensure safe, reliable and ethical implementation of AI systems,” Dally told the senators. “Without stifling innovation, we can foster innovation by ensuring that AI tools are widely available to everyone, not concentrated in the hands of a few powerful companies.”
Others joining NVIDIA, Scale AI and Cohere in the White House pledge are Adobe, IBM, Palantir, Salesforce and Stability AI.
The disruptive potential of AI, for better or worse, remains a primary concern of policymakers around the world. During a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler said that new technologies could “challenge” the country’s laws, citing the use of AI-generated deepfakes. of online scams and market manipulation.