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State AGs Sound Alarm On Biden Exec Order That May Use New Tech For ‘Political Ends’

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A coalition of 20 state attorneys general, led by Utah AG Sean Reyes, has raised concerns about President Biden’s executive order on artificial intelligence (AI), suggesting that it could lead to centralized government control over AI, potentially for political purposes such as censoring alleged “disinformation.”

While the order aims to establish AI safety standards and protect privacy, the AGs argue that it creates an opaque and undemocratic process, potentially discouraging AI development and favoring large tech incumbents.

They also expressed worries about partisan influence and the lack of congressional authorization for such regulation, emphasizing the need for addressing AI through the democratic process.

“The Executive Order seeks—without Congressional authorization—to centralize governmental control over an emerging technology being developed by the private sector. In doing so, the Executive Order opens the door to using the federal government’s control over AI for political ends, such as censoring responses in the name of combatting ‘disinformation,’” the attorneys general wrote.

“In accordance with the Defense Production Act, the Order will require that companies developing any foundation model that poses a serious risk to national security, national economic security, or national public health and safety must notify the federal government when training the model, and must share the results of all red-team safety tests,” the White House stated.

“These measures will ensure AI systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy before companies make them public.”

“We are further concerned that the Executive Order’s bureaucratic and nebulous supervisory process will discourage AI development, further entrench large tech incumbents, and do little to protect citizens,” the attorneys general wrote.

“The reporting requirements appear to be merely a pretext for ensuring that the federal government can find out who is developing AI models, supervise that process, and exert pressure to bend those AI models to the administration’s liking,” they said.

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