The National Science Foundation got out its checkbook for Artificial Intelligence and will invest in the White House’s newest brain child.
In an attempt to bridle security risk associated with the rapidly evolving technology the Biden administration announced plans that will invest $140 million to create seven research centers devoted to artificial intelligence research and innovation.
The administration has also planned to create new guidance on AI technology use within government agencies and enlisting the support of experts in cybersecurity to address national security concerns that have cropped up as the technology has advanced.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held a meeting Thursday May 4, 2023 at the White House and invited Silicon Valley CEOs of some of the most prominent companies developing AI technology; Alphabet, Microsoft, Anthropic, and Open AI. Apple was unable to attend.
The meeting’s discussion and goals centered around the safety risks posed by the technology and formulating actions in advance that can mitigate those possible risks. The administration plans to make broad efforts to communicate with researchers, advocates for the technology, and civil rights organizations, among others, to weigh the benefits and harms that AI represents to Amercans.
Meanwhile the impacts are already here. Last week the RNC released a 30 second long AI generated video in response to President Biden’s announcement that he will run for reelection in the 2024 presidential campaign. The fictional AI generated video portrayed a dismal future and depicts China invading Taiwan, thousands of migrants storming the border, banks collapsing, and fentanyl in San Francisco.
The 2024 election is on the bleeding edge of the newest, and perhaps the most controversial, technology ever created. Artificial Intelligence will likely play a significant role in the advertisements promoting particular agendas, change the jobs we depend on, and find its way into the heart of the most important issues to the people at a pace that is only surpassed by the technology itself.