White House Secures Voluntary AI Safety Commitments from Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI

White House AI safety commitments
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The White House secures voluntary commitments from leading artificial intelligence companies, including Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI, to manage risks posed by AI.

The White House is convening seven leading AI companies — Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI — to announce the securing of voluntary commitments from these companies to help manage risks posed by the development of AI technology. 

Moving towards safe, secure, and transparent development of AI technology is critical to maximizing its potential. In securing voluntary commitments from the leading companies in the sector, the Biden-Harris Administration “is encouraging this industry to uphold the highest standards to ensure that innovation doesn’t come at the expense of Americans’ rights and safety.”

These commitments underscore three fundamental principles in the future of AI: safety, security, and trust. Ensuring products are safe before introducing them to the public involves internal and external security testing of AI systems before release, sharing information across the industry and with governments, civil society, and academia on managing potential risks and using best practices. 

A commitment to security means building systems that put security first, committing to facilitating third-party discovery and reporting of vulnerabilities in their AI systems, and investing in cybersecurity and insider threat safeguards to protect proprietary and unreleased model weights.

The companies further committed to publicly reporting their AI systems’ capabilities, limitations, and appropriate and inappropriate use areas. It also covers potential security or societal risks, such as the effects on fairness, bias, discrimination, and protecting privacy.

“As we advance this agenda at home, the Administration will work with allies and partners to establish a strong international framework to govern the development and use of AI,” the White House’s statement continues. “It has already consulted on the voluntary commitments with Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, the UAE, and the UK.”

“The United States seeks to ensure that these commitments support and complement Jana’s leadership of the G-7 Hiroshima Process — as a critical forum for developing shared principles for the governance of AI — as well as the United Kingdom’s leadership in hosting a Summit on AI Safety, and India’s leadership as Chair of the Global Partnership on AI,” the statement reads. “We are also discussing AI with the UN and Member States in various UN fora.”