Biden has previously called for stronger privacy protections and asked tech companies to stop collecting data. But the US – home to some of the world’s biggest AI and tech companies – is by far one of the only Western countries without clear guidelines on how to protect its citizens from harm. whose.
Today’s announcement is the White House’s vision of how the US government, technology companies, and citizens should work together to make AI accountable. However, critics say the plan is flawed and that the US needs stricter regulations on AI.
In September, the government announced core principles of accountability and technology reform, such as stopping discriminatory algorithmic decision-making, promoting competition in the technology sector, and providing federal protections about privacy.
AI’s Bill of Rights, the first vision introduce a year ago by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a US government agency that advises the president on science and technology, is a blueprint for how to achieve those goals. It provides practical guidance for government agencies and a call to action for technology companies, researchers and civil society to develop these safeguards.
“These technologies are causing real harm in the lives of Americans – harms that run counter to our core democratic values, including the fundamental right to privacy, the right to discrimination and our basic dignity,” a senior administration official told reporters at a news conference.
AI is a powerful technology that is transforming our society. It also has the potential to cause serious harm, often disproportionately affecting minorities. For example, facial recognition technologies are used in policy and algorithms that incorrectly allocate benefits to ethnic minorities.
The new blueprint aims to redress that balance. It says Americans should be protected from unsafe or ineffective systems; that algorithms must not be discriminatory and that systems should be used as designed in a fair manner; and citizens must have the right to manage their data and should be protected from data misuse through integrated safeguards. Citizens should also know whenever an automated system is used on them and understand how it contributes to results. Ultimately, people should always be able to opt out of AI systems to take the place of humans and have access to remedies when things go wrong.
“We want to make sure we are protecting people from the worst harms of this technology, regardless of the specific underlying technological process used,” said a second senior administration official. said.