AI is now a frequently discussed topic across the offices of The White House, and it has resulted in the release an extensive report about how to prepare for the future of Artificial Intelligence.
The purpose of the report released on Wednesday, followed by a speech delivered by Barack Obama Thursday, is to inform the public about how various industries, such as government bodies, businesses and the general public should prepare for the future of artificial intelligence.
The report includes anything from the history of AI to a specific definition of the technology and looking at the current status of artificial intelligence today.
Numerous industry professionals have raised the concern that the public is not informed well enough about the benefits and the impact of AI, and that knowledge about the technology is essential to understand and welcome it, hence why this report is very beneficial for the future of the industry.
The report takes on the four key areas of AI, offering advice for each section as to how to best prepare for it.
UK’s Business Insider summarises the key areas in four shorter paragraphs, saying:
- AI and regulation: Regulatory procedures can provide a sense of accountability and protect user data. Nevertheless, it’s important that these regulations do not inhibit innovation within the space. The report recommends that agencies draw on technical experts at the senior level when setting regulatory policies to provide the appropriate level of touch for potential regulations.
- Research and the workforce: AI is becoming a bigger part of everyday life. Thus, it will be necessary for the workforce to become familiar with the ins and outs of the technology. It’s in the interest of schools, universities, businesses, and the government to begin implementing programs aimed at educating the current and next generation of workers in how to use and apply AI across various fields. The White House concurrently released a companion report focused on federally funded research and development in AI.
- Fairness, safety, and governance: While education will be key for preparing users of AI, it’s also important that this education provides an ethical foundation that safeguards against improper application of AI and explores security, privacy, and safety.
- Global considerations and security: While the US leads global efforts in developing AI technology, international engagement will be necessary to fully explore the many applications of AI across various industries. Governments will also need to work together to reach a standardized policy for the use of AI in things like warfare, cyber security, and sharing user data.
The fact that the White House is now addressing the necessity of preparing for the future of AI is very promising, and it will be interesting to see the effects of this report on the public’s reception of artificial intelligence.
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