To Shape the Future of AI, We Must Act Quickly

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a pivotal invention in our history, much like the written word and the printing press. With the introduction of powerful generative AI systems like GPT-4, we are entering a new era of this technology. These systems have the ability to revolutionize knowledge production, increase machine capacity, and solve complex problems. However, along with these advancements come potential hazards, such as the spread of false information, bias reinforcement, and misuse for repressive purposes.

Despite the risks, AI has the potential to greatly improve people’s lives and solve major global challenges. It is up to us to determine how AI will shape our societies and whether it will be a force for good or become a tool of authoritarians. As the United States is home to leading companies and innovative minds driving the AI revolution, we have the responsibility and ability to lead in its governance.

The United States has already taken action to guide the use of AI. We have outlined a Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights that sets principles for the design and use of automated systems. We have also developed an AI Risk Management Framework to enhance user protections. Additionally, President Joe Biden recently announced commitments from leading companies to enhance safety, security, and trust in AI.

These commitments aim to mitigate the risks associated with AI, support new technologies and standards to differentiate between human and AI-generated content, and encourage transparency and information sharing. They also promote the development of AI systems to tackle society’s biggest challenges.

We believe that AI governance should be guided by democratic values, and we are working with the G7 and other partners to expand and internationalize these commitments. Our goal is to establish an international code of conduct for both private actors and governments. We are also coordinating with other governments to understand and mitigate long-term AI risks.

It is essential to incorporate the voices of developing countries in the global AI discussion, and we are committed to working with them to design AI systems that improve people’s lives. We are partnering with countries, the private sector, and civil society to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through AI.

To shape the future of AI, prompt action is necessary. It is a collective effort that requires the collaboration and cooperation of the international community. While the US has taken a significant step, fully harnessing the potential of AI is only possible through global focus, ingenuity, and cooperation.