Eight more US-based AI developers on Tuesday added their companies to a growing list of companies promising to develop generative AI tools responsibly, including NVIDIA, Scale AI, and Cohere.
The additions were announced by the White House, and are part of an initiative by the Biden administration that was launched four months ago when industry leaders met with them to create universal guardrails for how AI works. The trigger was the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which launched AI into the mainstream last November.
“These commitments, which companies have chosen to make immediately, highlight three principles that must underpin the future of AI—safety, security, and trust—and mark a critical step toward promoting responsible AI,” the White House said in a statement.
In May, Vice President Kamala Harris sat down with the heads of Alphabet, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI to discuss the responsibility of corporations and policymakers to support reliable, ethical innovation with safeguards that minimize risks and potential harms.
Seven leading tech companies, including OpenAI, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta, signed the pledge at the White House in July. Today’s meeting with US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients was billed by the White House as “the second round of voluntary commitments.”
“These commitments are critical to the future of AI,” Scale AI said in a statement blog post. “The truth is that the development of the capabilities of the border model must occur together with the development of the evaluation and safety of the model. It is not only the right thing to do, but practical.”
“We are pleased to join these commitments and to see the White House taking seriously the unique challenges, risks, and opportunities facing the enterprise AI sector,” President & COO of Cohere, Martin Konsaid, adding that the company looks forward to working with the legislators who promoted the recent meetings with government officials in the UK and Canada.
During testimony on Tuesday before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, NVIDIA Chief Scientist William Dally confirmed The computer component turned AI developer endorsed the White House’s voluntary commitments to AI, saying that as the company continues to deploy AI more broadly, it will continue to identify and address risks.
In his comments to the Senate, Dally emphasized the need for balance regarding AI regulation, national security considerations, and the potential abuse of AI technology against preserving US leadership in this area. in technology.
“As long as we are thoughtful and scalable, we can ensure safe, reliable, and ethical deployment of AI systems,” Dally told the senators. “Without stifling innovation, we can stimulate innovation by ensuring that AI tools are widely available to everyone, not concentrated in the hands of a few powerful companies.”
Others joining NVIDIA, Scale AI, and Cohere in joining the White House pledge are Adobe, IBM, Palantir, Salesforce, and Stability AI.
The disruptive potential of AI—for good or ill—remains at the forefront of the minds of policymakers around the world. During a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said new technologies could “challenge” US laws, citing the use of AI-generated deepfakes of online scams and market manipulation.