Last week, the Biden administration released a series of documents that it calls a “road map” on the issue of artificial intelligence. In short, the pledge by the administration is to get smart when it comes to AI. This comes as AI continues gaining steam in adoption by industries and individuals alike.
Within the document, it lays out the purpose of this road map. “AI is one of the most powerful technologies of our time, with broad applications. President Biden has been clear that in order to seize the opportunities AI presents, we must first manage its risks.”
This comes almost a year after the White House released the AI Bill of Rights that requested federal agencies to look into AI and its rulemaking powers. So far, the FTC has been quite active on this front. In February, a lawyer for the agency warned of the risks of companies overpromising their AI’s capabilities as it could possibly touch into fraud.
In the following month, this was expanded as the FTC also made clear that it would work to ensure the new AI market will be a place of fair competition for companies to develop in a dynamic environment.
After the road map, they also highlighted a new plan to manage AI’s potential impact on public education. Part of this is a request for public comments on issues related to AI’s impact. The timing couldn’t be better for this addition to education as educators, since the release of ChatGPT, have openly worried about the effects of AI in the academic world when it comes to cheating.
Earlier this month, a professor at Texas A&M withheld the diplomas of several students over the suspicion of AI aiding them in writing essays. Though Congress seems to be busy with other policy concerns, there are members of Congress who are also attempting to bring attention to AI.
At the beginning of 2023, a congressman out of Massachusetts delivered a speech completely generated by ChatGPT. This was done to bring attention to the chamber about the importance of getting ahead of AI before it goes too far without a regulatory framework.
As AI continues to grow in adoption, the push for regulations and ethics surrounding the technology is expected to grow as well.