Date
10 January 2020
Authorities must promote 'trustworthy AI’ and must consider fairness, non-discrimination, openness, transparency, safety, and security, the Trump administration says. Photo: Bloomberg
Authorities must promote 'trustworthy AI’ and must consider fairness, non-discrimination, openness, transparency, safety, and security, the Trump administration says. Photo: Bloomberg

White House proposes regulatory principles to govern AI use

The White House on Tuesday proposed regulatory principles to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at limiting authorities’ “overreach”, and said it wants European officials to likewise avoid aggressive approaches.

In a fact sheet, the White House said federal agencies should “conduct risk assessment and cost-benefit analyses prior to any regulatory action on AI, with a focus on establishing flexible frameworks rather than one-size-fits-all regulation.”

The comments come at a time when companies are racing to integrate AI and deep machine learning into their businesses to remain competitive. However, the technology raises ethical concerns about control, privacy, cyber security and the future of work.

The Trump administration said agencies should “promote trustworthy AI” and “must consider fairness, non-discrimination, openness, transparency, safety, and security.”

As an example, the White House cited the Food and Drug Administration which is currently considering how to regulate the use of AI and machine learning technologies by medical device manufacturers.

“Europe and our allies should avoid heavy handed innovation-killing models,” the White House said. “The best way to counter authoritarian uses of AI is to make sure America and our international partners remain the global hubs of innovation.” Reuters

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