AI companies have 'moral' responsibility to protect users: White House

AFP , Thursday 4 May 2023

US Vice President Kamala Harris told CEOs of leading tech companies at a meeting Thursday that they have a "moral" responsibility to protect society from the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence leaders with US Vice President Kamala Harris
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, left, and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, center, arrive to the White House for a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris on artificial intelligence, Thursday, May 4, 2023, in Washington. AP


"As I shared today with CEOs of companies at the forefront of American AI innovation, the private sector has an ethical, moral, and legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their products," Harris said in a statement.

The vice president, who met at the White House with chief executives from Google, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic, said AI has "potential to improve people's lives and tackle some of society's biggest challenges."

"At the same time," she warned, "AI has the potential to dramatically increase threats to safety and security, infringe civil rights and privacy, and erode public trust and faith in democracy."

Harris said that she and President Joe Biden, who briefly dropped by the meeting, back "advancing potential new regulations and supporting new legislation."

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