For some reason, this scares me even more than the idea of AI itself.
Yes, Joe Biden signed an executive order on AI, noting, "to realize the promise of AI and avoid the risk, we need to govern this technology."
Now, I'm thinking it was inevitable that this regulation would come — everyone knows (or thinks they know) the danger AI poses — but for some reason it freaks me out that the left is taking the initiative here.
And it's mostly due to stuff like this:
From that Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights:
You should not face discrimination by algorithms and systems should be used and designed in an equitable way. Algorithmic discrimination occurs when automated systems contribute to unjustified different treatment or impacts disfavoring people based on their race, color, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, gender identity, intersex status, and sexual orientation), religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law. Depending on the specific circumstances, such algorithmic discrimination may violate legal protections. Designers, developers, and deployers of automated systems should take proactive and continuous measures to protect individuals and communities from algorithmic discrimination and to use and design systems in an equitable way.
While this sounds nice and fluffy to the ones it panders to, it just looks like they're baking commie "DEI" right into the AI cake here, which should scare everyone. Not only that, but some of this stuff is simply going to hinder the technology, which is the exact opposite of what we're trying to do here.
Some good things, however, since this regulation was correctly inevitable:
Using the Defense Production Act, the order requires leading AI developers to share safety test results and other information with the government. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is to create standards to ensure AI tools are safe and secure before public release.
The Commerce Department is to issue guidance to label and watermark AI-generated content to help differentiate between authentic interactions and those generated by software…
The order builds on voluntary commitments already made by technology companies. It's part of a broader strategy that administration officials say also includes congressional legislation and international diplomacy, a sign of the disruptions already caused by the introduction of new AI tools such as ChatGPT that can generate text, images and sounds.
The guidance within the order is to be implemented and fulfilled over the range of 90 days to 365 days.
Man, if the diversity, equity, and inclusion stuff hadn't been baked into this, I'd probably be mostly for it. This regulation will obviously become a sort of obstacle for AI startups, but as I noted, we were going to see this one way or another, red or blue. Too bad the Orange Man "lost" in 2020 or this would've been "the most perfect executive order on AI ever written." Who knows, maybe he'll make some adjustments to this order in 2025.
For your viewing pleasure, I'll leave this right here:
And here's an interesting take on the hinderance this order will be to AI development:
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