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Here Are The Strengths And Weaknesses of Biden’s Tech Executive Order

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on AI safety and testing requirements, instructing federal agencies to create rules and standards covering a wide range of topics related to AI.

The impact of these regulations will vary for different companies, with larger AI firms and cloud computing providers facing more significant reporting and testing security requirements.

The order is seen as comprehensive, but some experts believe it lacks specific strategies for different content types and may have implications for intellectual property and copyright rules, potentially affecting startups. (Trending: Another Major Company Goes Woke And Goes Broke)

“All of those reporting requirements are expected to take effect quickly and will have a larger impact on the biggest AI firms and cloud computing providers than on the smaller AI companies, who won’t meet the reporting thresholds,” Wilson Sonsini partner Josh Gruenspecht said.

“However, in the longer term, as many of the other regulations proposed by the EO come into force and agencies start acting… the biggest AI companies may be better placed to absorb the cost of complying, and the smaller companies may struggle.”

“The reporting requirements for cloud computing providers (e.g. AWS, Microsoft Azure), in particular, are underdeveloped and under-explained,” Gruenspecht said.

“If the cloud computing providers are now going to have to police users who request large amounts of computing power to see if they’re engaged in building a model with malicious cyber-enabled capabilities, then depending on how the regulations shake out, those companies may have to look at the activities undertaken by their larger customers directly.”

“I think really focusing a bit more on the different types of solutions for different content types and understanding and distinguishing between them is one point that I thought was missing a little bit,” said Alon Yamin, co-founder and CEO of Copyleaks

“You can’t have the same strategy for detecting AI in video, to detecting AI in music, to detecting AI in photos, to detecting AI in text – each one of these content types is a different character and you can’t have one solution for all,” Yamin added.

“You can look towards the pieces on the IP and copyright section of the executive order, and really they don’t broadly define exactly how that is going to be ultimately adjudicated, but it’s indicating there’s going to be some chilling effect,” senior manager for accounting and consulting firm Armanino, OJ Laos stated.

“There’s going to be some more controls that go into place for what’s created, how these tools work, what that looks like, and that will limit some business use cases or probably startups.”

“This was a signal at best at this point. We’re all going to be figuring out and there’s going to be a lot of change in the next few months to six months of getting more details about exactly what they mean because they didn’t go into a ton of detail on how that will look in practice,” Laos said.

“I think it’s going to be a little trickier.”

The executive order is considered a signal, with the details to be further defined by federal agencies in the coming months.

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