President Joe Biden’s top science advisers are calling for a new “bill of rights” to guard against powerful new artificial intelligence technology.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on Friday launched a fact-finding mission to examine facial recognition and other biometric tools used to identify people or assess their emotional or mental states and character.
Biden Chief Science Officer Eric Lander and Deputy Director for Science and Society Alondra Nelson also published an opinion piece in Wired magazine detailing the need to develop new safeguards against misuse and AI pests that may unfairly discriminate against people or violate their privacy.
“The enumeration of rights is only the first step,” they wrote. “What could we do to protect them? The possibilities include refusing the federal government to purchase software or technology products that violate these rights, forcing federal contractors to use technologies that adhere to this “bill of rights” or passing new laws and regulations to fill gaps. ”
This isn’t the first time the Biden administration has voiced concerns about harmful uses of AI, but it’s one of its clearest steps in doing something about it.
European regulators have already taken steps to curb the riskiest AI applications. Regulations proposed by European Union officials this year would ban certain uses of AI, such as the government’s use of real-time facial feature analysis in public spaces, and tightly control over it. ‘others that could threaten the safety or rights of individuals.
Political leaders in Western democracies have said they want to strike a balance between the desire to harness the economic and societal potential of AI while addressing growing concerns about the reliability of tools to track and profile individuals and make recommendations on who has access to jobs, loans and educational opportunities. .
A federal document filed Friday is seeking public comment from AI developers, experts, and anyone affected by biometric data collection.