Seven leading companies in the AI industry have made voluntary commitments to the White House, promising to invest in cybersecurity, conduct research on discrimination, and develop a watermarking system for AI-generated content. The companies involved are Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI.
These commitments are intended to mitigate some of the risks associated with artificial intelligence. While these pledges are voluntary and currently lack any associated penalties for non-compliance, the companies are expected to start implementing them immediately.
During a press call on Thursday, a White House official revealed that the Biden administration is drafting an executive order to address AI-related risks. Although the official did not provide specific details, they indicated that actions could be implemented across various federal agencies and departments.
Over recent months, the Biden administration has engaged in discussions about AI with tech executives, as well as labor and civil rights leaders. In May, the White House announced increased funding and policy guidance for AI development, including a $140 million grant to the National Science Foundation to establish seven new National AI Research (NAIR) Institutes.
The commitment from these seven companies comes on the heels of a plan launched by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to regulate AI without stifling innovation. Known as the SAFE (Security, Accountability, Foundations, Explain) Framework, the plan calls for legislators to create rules to address AI's potential threats to national security, job stability, and information accuracy.
A physical signing of these commitments is expected to take place at the White House on Friday, with representatives from all seven companies present. The timing of this event has not yet been disclosed.