October 31, 2023
President Biden issues Executive Order on safe, secure and trustworthy Artificial Intelligence
The sweeping EO aims to establish new safety and security standards, including calling on HHS to create an AI taskforce and strategic plan on responsible AI
President Biden on October 30 signed an Executive Order (EO) on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to a White House Fact Sheet, the EO "establishes new standards for AI safety and security, protects Americans' privacy, advances equity and civil rights, stands up for consumers and workers, promotes innovation and competition, advances American leadership around the world, and more." The EO outlines federal priorities on AI, deploys numerous agencies to develop standards and safeguards, and instructs the creation of a White House AI Council to coordinate cross-agency activities. The far-reaching order places new safety obligations on AI developers and calls for agencies to both mitigate the technology's risks while evaluating their own use of the tools. The EO also includes additional actions aimed at ensuring AI advances equity and civil rights, a continuance of the Administration's previous actions, including its Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and Executive Order directing agencies to combat algorithmic discrimination. The White House previously secured voluntary commitments from 15 companies on the leading edge of AI, to help move towards safe, secure, and trustworthy development of AI technology.
Additional information is available in the attached WCEY Alert.
Executive Order on AI