White House considers tech ‘bill of rights’
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy urges President Joe Biden to adopt technology bill of rights, focusing primarily on artificial intelligence (AI) issues, Associated report says Press published Friday, October 8.
The office has launched what the PA calls a “fact-finding mission” related to facial recognition and other biometrics that identify people or assess their emotional or mental states and character.
Eric Lander, chief scientific adviser to Biden, and Alondra Nelson, deputy director for science and society, also wrote an opinion piece in Wired magazine that explores the need for protections against the use of AI. malicious way that discriminates against and violates people’s privacy.
“Listing rights is just the first step,” Lander and Nelson wrote in the Wired article. “What could we do to protect them? The possibilities include refusing the federal government to purchase software or technology products that violate these rights, forcing federal contractors to use technologies that adhere to this “bill of rights”, or passing new laws and regulations. regulations to fill in the gaps. “
European Parliament lawmakers this week reflected on a ban on mass biometric surveillance, including a vote to prevent law enforcement officials from scanning people’s faces in public places.
Software industry association BSA, with backing from Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Salesforce, said it welcomes White House exploration to prevent AI bias, but the group is calling for a provision forcing companies to examine the risks of their AI-powered tools. and demonstrate how they will limit these risks.
“This enables the good that everyone sees in AI, but minimizes the risk of it leading to discrimination and perpetuating prejudice,” Aaron Cooper, the group’s vice president of global policy, told the AP.
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Part of the decree could force other government departments that haven’t yet focused on crypto to pay attention, and it’s possible the White House will hire a cryptocurrency czar to oversee the regulation.