The Morning After: US government announces AI Safety Institute

Kamala Harris announced the institute, alongside more AI policies.

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Following President Joe Biden’s sweeping executive order regarding AI development last week, at the UK AI Safety Summit yesterday, Vice President Kamala Harris announced even more machine learning initiatives, as well as the establishment of the United States AI Safety Institute. In cooperation with the Department of Commerce, the Biden administration will establish the United States AI Safety Institute (US AISI) within the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). It will be responsible for creating and publishing guidelines, benchmark tests, best practices and more, for evaluating potentially dangerous AI systems. Tests may even include the red-team exercises President Biden mentioned in his executive order last week.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) — it’s an acronym-heavy morning — will release the administration’s first draft policy guidance on government AI use later this week.

— Mat Smith

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