Biden unveils U.S. government’s first-ever AI executive order
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As the U.S. government’s first action on artificial intelligence, Joe Biden announced a new executive order requiring safety assessments, equity and civil rights guidance, and research on AI’s impact on employment.

According to a senior administration official on a call with reporters on Sunday, the order “has the force of law.”

There are eight key components to the executive order, according to the White House:

  • Creating new safety and security standards for AI, including by requiring some AI companies to share safety test results with the federal government, directing the Commerce Department to create guidance for AI watermarking, and creating a cybersecurity program that can make AI tools that help identify flaws in critical software.

  • Protecting consumer privacy, including by creating guidelines that agencies can use to evaluate privacy techniques used in AI.

  • Advancing equity and civil rights by providing guidance to landlords and federal contractors to help avoid AI algorithms furthering discrimination and creating best practices on the appropriate role of AI in the justice system, including when it’s used in sentencing, risk assessments and crime forecasting.

  • Protecting consumers overall by directing the Department of Health and Human Services to create a program to evaluate potentially harmful AI-related healthcare practices and creating resources on how educators can responsibly use AI tools.

  • Supporting workers by producing a report on the potential labor market implications of AI and studying the ways the federal government could support workers impacted by a disruption to the labor market.

  • Promoting innovation and competition by expanding grants for AI research in areas like climate change and modernizing the criteria for highly skilled immigrant workers with key expertise to stay in the U.S.

  • Working with international partners to implement AI standards around the world.

  • Developing guidance for federal agencies’ use and procurement of AI and speed up the government’s hiring of workers skilled in the field.

In a statement, Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed described the order as “the strongest set of AI safety, security, and trust actions ever taken by any government.”