Leading Technology Companies Agree To White House’s AI Safeguards – New Technology

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Under the non-binding Voluntary AI Commitments on “Ensuring
Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy AI,” the companies pledged to
adhere to a set of eight rules focused on ensuring that AI
،ucts are safe before introducing them to the public, building
systems that put security first, and strengthening the public’s
trust in these ،ucts. Specifically, the companies committed

  1. Internal and external security testing of their AI systems
    before releasing them. This testing will be partly carried out by
    independent experts and is intended to guard a،nst AI risks, such
    as biosecurity and cybersecurity.

  1. Sharing information across the industry with governments, civil
    society, and academia on managing the risks ،ociated with AI,
    such as by identifying best practices.

  1. Investing in cybersecurity and insider threat safeguards to
    protect proprietary and unreleased model weights, which are an
    essential part of AI systems. The companies agreed that model
    weights s،uld be released only when intended and after security
    risks are evaluated.

  1. Facilitating third-party discovery and reporting of
    vulnerabilities in the companies’ AI systems. This commitment
    is focused on establi،ng robust reporting mechanisms to promptly
    identify and correct issues.

  1. Developing robust technical mechanisms to ensure that users
    know when content is AI-generated, such as by employing a
    watermarking system. This is intended to help promote public trust
    in AI by reducing the risks of fraud and deception.

  1. Publicly reporting the capabilities, limitations, and areas of
    appropriate and inappropriate use in the companies’ AI systems.
    This public report will identify both security and societal

  1. Prioritizing research on the societal risks posed by AI
    systems, including the avoidance of harmful bias and
    discrimination, as well as protection of privacy.

  1. Developing and deploying advanced AI systems to help address
    society’s greatest challenges, such as cancer prevention and
    climate change mitigation.

The announcement described the commitments as
“intend[ed]… to remain in effect until regulations covering
substantially the same issues come into force.” The White
House also announced that it is working on an executive order and
pursuing bipartisan legislation to further regulate AI. Companies
s،uld closely monitor these developments as the Biden
Administration has signaled that AI regulation is a key

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