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Biden to Sign Executive Order Regulating AI Use in Federal Government

The order has three goals, and President Biden is expected to sign it on October 30.

The order has three goals, and President Biden is expected to sign it on October 30.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – The Biden administration is set to take a significant step in regulating AI within the federal government with the imminent unveiling of an executive order. This move aims to address concerns and enhance the responsible use of AI technology.

Regulating AI Assessments for Federal Workers

One crucial component of the executive order is the requirement for advanced AI models to undergo assessments before they can be used by federal workers. This initiative is a response to the growing importance of AI technology in government operations, from national defense to cybersecurity. As the technology continues to evolve, ensuring accountability and safety are top priorities.

The order is designed to leverage the U.S. government's role as a significant technology customer. Federal government agencies, including the Defense Department, Energy Department, and intelligence agencies, will be mandated to assess how AI can be incorporated into their work, with a primary focus on bolstering national cyber defenses.

Facilitating Highly Skilled Workers and Immigration Changes

The executive order also seeks to address the shortage of highly skilled workers in the AI sector. By easing barriers to immigration for these skilled individuals, the U.S. aims to maintain its technological edge. The Department of Homeland Security is already working on proposed changes to the H-1B program, a visa program used extensively in Silicon Valley.

Additionally, federal government agencies will be required to assess the current size of the AI workforce. This step helps in understanding the workforce's capacity and making informed decisions regarding AI integration.

This executive order comes at a time when AI is a subject of global concern, with governments worldwide recognizing the need for regulations to mitigate potential risks. While the European Union is working on the E.U. AI Act, the U.S. government is taking a proactive approach to address the challenges posed by AI.

In the words of President Biden:

"This fall, I'm going to take executive action, and my administration is going to continue to work with bipartisan legislation so America leads the way toward responsible AI innovation."


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