President Joe Biden will convene a group of technology leaders on Tuesday to discuss artificial intelligence.
The Biden administration is trying to figure out how to regulate the emerging field of AI, looking for ways to nurture its potential for economic growth and national security and guard against its potential dangers. Biden plans to meet with eight experts from academia and advocacy groups.
The sudden rise of the AI chatbot ChatGPT and other tools has fueled investment in the sector. AI tools can create human-like text, music, images, and computer code. This form of automation could increase worker productivity, but experts warn of numerous harms. The technology could be used to replace workers, causing layoffs. It is already being deployed in fake images and videos, becoming a vehicle for disinformation that could undermine democratic elections.
In May, the Biden administration brought together the chief technology executives in the White House to discuss these issues, and the Democratic president told them: “What you are doing has enormous potential and enormous danger.”
White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients' office is developing a set of actions the federal government can take in the coming weeks regarding AI, according to the White House. Senior officials meet two to three times a week to discuss this issue, in addition to the daily work of federal agencies. The administration wants commitments from private companies to address potential AI risks.
Biden will meet this Tuesday at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco with Tristan Harris, executive director of the Center for Human Technology; Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media; and Joy Buolamwin, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, among others.
Biden is also in the San Francisco area for fundraising for this 2024 re-election campaign. He plans to hold two fundraisers on Tuesday, after holding two on Monday. Kevin Scott, Microsoft's chief technology officer and executive vice president of AI, hosted one of Biden's fundraisers on Monday.