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President Biden meets with AI CEOs at the White House amid ethical criticism

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet the ‘Investing in America Cabinet’ to discuss the Investing in America agenda in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 5. (credit: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty)

On Thursday, President Joe Biden held a meeting at the White House with CEOs of leading AI companies, including Google, Microsoft, OpenAI, and Anthropic, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the safety of AI products before deployment. During the meeting, Biden urged the executives to address the risks that AI poses. But some AI experts criticized the exclusion of ethics researchers who have warned of AI’s dangers for years.

Over the past few months, generative AI models such as ChatGPT have quickly gained popularity and rallied intense tech hype, driving companies to develop similar products at a rapid pace.

However, concerns have been growing about potential privacy issues, employment bias, and the potential for using them to create misinformation campaigns. According to the White House, the administration called for greater transparency, safety evaluations, and protection against malicious attacks during a “frank and constructive discussion” with the executives.

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