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Upcoming Federal Memo to Outline How the Public Can Trust AI

Lynne Parker, the OSTP’s assistant director for artificial intelligence (AI), referenced an upcoming memo to build both public and agency confidence in the leading-edge technology. According to Parker, the memo is directed primarily to “agencies that suggests regulatory and non-regulatory principles for how you oversee the use of AI in the private sector.” This ideology heavily draws on an executive order from February, which is an extension of research and development (R&D) released by the OSTP in August 2018. Trump’s executive order—“Maintaining American Leadership in AI”—encouraged the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop and enforce AI technical standards so the technology could be widely adopted, homogenized, and more sensitive to public trust. However, this in-progress memo will be the first document legally regulating AI. According to Parker, “on the one hand, we say we want AI that’s trustworthy, but on the other hand, we have no way of knowing how to achieve it—because we don’t know the standard for trustworthiness. So these technical standards are critically important.”

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Source: T2 Touchpoint — November 6, 2019 | Federal Labs