On Monday, October 30, US President Joe Biden issued a broad executive order (EO) aimed at promoting new standards for AI, which the White House claims will protect Americans’ privacy and provide safety from AI-related threats. On Wednesday, the US announced the creation of an AI Safety Institute to assess potential threats.
That same day, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at the US Embassy in London, further outlining the US government’s vision of the future for AI. At the same time, the UK government was hosting the first AI Safety Summit, bringing together delegates from 27 governments and CEOs of leading AI companies.
The recent actions by the US, UK, and partner governments are a sign that regulation of AI is likely inevitable. However, questions remain on what exactly regulation might look like and whether said regulation will, in fact, protect the public from threats relating to AI technology.