Biden Admin to Invest in AI, Promote ‘Equity’
Even as artificial intelligence is spiraling out of control, the Biden administration is planning to fund it and to use it to promote “equity” in America.
From The Epoch Times. The Biden administration has released a plan for federal investments in artificial intelligence (AI) that outlines several strategies the government needs to focus on; one of the objectives is to advance “equity” and counter “inequity” in society.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a National AI R&D Strategic Plan which outlines “key priorities and goals for federal investments in AI R&D,” according to a May 23 Fact Sheet from the White House. The plan (pdf) lays out nine strategic strategies, including making long-term investments in fundamental and “responsible” AI research; developing effective methods of human-AI collaboration; understanding and addressing the ethical, legal, and societal implications of AI; and ensuring the safety and security of AI systems.
Focus will also be on developing shared public datasets for AI development, evaluating AI systems through benchmarks, better understanding the needs of the national AI R&D workforce, expanding public-private partnerships to accelerate AI advancements, and establishing a coordinated and principled approach to international collaboration in AI research. …
One of the plan objectives is to ensure that AI systems “promote equity.” The National AI R&D Strategic Plan insists that AI capabilities need to “advance equity rather than exacerbating inequity.”
“For example, if only wealthy hospitals can take advantage of AI systems, the benefits of these technologies will not be equitably distributed. Research to make beneficial AI accessible in historically underrepresented communities will help ensure that those in greatest need of these capabilities can use them,” the plan states. …
AI Use Within Government
Back in February, Biden approved an executive order directing federal agencies to use AI to achieve “equity” objectives, a decision that attracted criticism. …
Multiple federal agencies are already using AI for various tasks. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is using artificial intelligence to collect information from social media activity. The AI tool allows CBP to screen travelers, including American citizens, people who are seeking asylum, and refugees.
In April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that it intends to form a task force exploring the use of AI to advance “critical homeland security missions.”
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(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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