On Thursday, the Biden administration announced a new initiative to promote “responsible artificial intelligence (AI)” innovation, with Vice President Kamala Harris spearheading the effort. However, the announcement was met with skepticism and amusement by tech giants, including Elon Musk.
In response to concerns about the potential dangers of AI, the White House it has announced actions aimed at further promoting responsible American innovation in AI while protecting people’s rights and safety. The press release emphasized the need to place people and communities at the center of AI development, supporting responsible innovation that serves the public good while safeguarding society, security, and the economy.
To advance this new initiative, President Biden tasked Vice President Harris with overseeing the campaign. Harris and senior administration officials met with CEOs from major companies at the forefront of AI innovation, including Alphabet, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI, to emphasize the importance of responsible, trustworthy, and ethical innovation.
Despite these efforts, the administration’s AI announcement was met with skepticism. Twitter user Amjad Masad, a computer engineer and tech entrepreneur, questioned the decision to appoint Harris as the project’s “AI czar.” Elon Musk chimed in, suggesting that perhaps someone with more technical expertise, like fixing their own Wi-Fi router, would be better suited for the role.
Critics argue that Harris may not be qualified to oversee questions about the dangers and development of AI technologies, given her lack of experience in the field. Moreover, they point to her track record in other “czar” positions as evidence that she may not be the best fit for this initiative.
With tech giants like Elon Musk expressing concerns about the potential pitfalls of AI, it’s crucial that someone with the necessary expertise and understanding of the field spearheads the White House’s initiative. As the debate continues, it remains to be seen whether the administration’s efforts to promote responsible AI innovation will be successful or simply a waste of taxpayer dollars.