What just happened? As artificial intelligence continues to develop and take an increasingly important place in our lives, many people believe that AI should have regulations or guidelines in place. The White House agrees with these citizens, issuing a “Bill of Rights” dedicated solely to artificial intelligence.
It would be a massive understatement to say that artificial intelligence has affected our lives. Whether this is positive or negative is entirely up to you. Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri are built into many devices that people interact with on a daily basis. Autonomous vehicles, not limited to Tesla models, use machine learning to teach AI to drive the vehicle. Robot manufacturing is another example, although more relevant to business than to the consumer.
Some people see AI as a revolutionary breakthrough, helping to simplify our daily lives. However, others see artificial intelligence as dangerous, scary, or potentially “robots plotting to take over the world.” Regardless of your side on this issue, most agree that AI should have regulations or guidelines for developers to follow when building their creations.
Last year, Joe Biden’s former chief science adviser, Eric Lander, proposed a ‘bill of rights’ strictly for artificial intelligence, hoping to limit any potential harm it could cause and more Earlier this week, the White House officially presented the plan to make those plans a reality.
Since the AI Bill is opt-in, companies may choose to ignore it for now.
A Washington Post report details the proposal in depth, saying the bill has “five core principles,” including:
- Users must be “protected from unsafe or ineffective automated systems,” and tools must be expressly “designed to proactively protect you from harm.”
- Discriminatory uses of algorithms and other AIs should be prohibited, and tools should be developed with an emphasis on fairness.
- Companies must build privacy protections into products to prevent “abusive data practices” and users must have the “right to control” how their data is used.
- Systems should be transparent so that users “know an automated system is being used” and understand how it affects them.
- Users should be able to “opt out of automated systems in favor of a human alternative, if available”.
Alondra Nelson, deputy director for science and society at the White House, later spoke to the Washington Post, saying the bill “just sets a marker for protections.” An unnamed White House official said the plans were a “call to action” and “we recognize there is still a lot of work to be done.”
Since the AI Bill is opt-in, companies may choose to ignore it for now. That could change if Congress decides to enforce the protections in those plans, but it could take years. It’s interesting to see the US government stepping in and trying to control AI to make sure it doesn’t turn into something dangerous for citizens.
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The White House unveils a “Bill of Rights” for artificial intelligence
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