The Biden administration is set to use federal law to levy new rules on companies that use or train artificial intelligence (AI) tools.
The rule, piggybacking on the existing Defense Production Act, will mean that companies will have to tell the government when they are training new AI models.
Another policy that could potentially be introduced would require cloud companies to monitor and, if necessary, ban foreign entities from training their AI models on US data.
Military priority for AI?
The Defense Production Act was signed into federal law during the Korean War to prioritize US industry towards the war effort. Part of ensuring the safety of AI includes protecting AI models from potential poisoning and theft by foreign powers such as China and Russia.
The new rule would allow government access to AI pioneers such as Google and Amazon to ensure that current and future rules on AI safety are enforced. The Biden administration is also seeking to regulate access to cloud computing companies by vetting the identities of cloud service customers to prevent malicious foreign access.
According to Reuters, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said “We can’t have non-state actors or China or folks who we don’t want accessing our cloud to train their models.”
These latest AI regulations follow an executive order set out last year that “establishes new standards for AI safety and security, protects Americans’ privacy, advances equity and civil rights, stands up for consumers and workers, promotes innovation and competition, advances American leadership around the world, and more.”
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Benedict Collins is a Staff Writer at TechRadar Pro covering privacy and security. Before settling into journalism he worked as a Livestream Production Manager, covering games in the National Ice Hockey League for 5 years and contributing heavily to the advancement of livestreaming within the league. Benedict is mainly focused on security issues such as phishing, malware, and cyber criminal activity, but he also likes to draw on his knowledge of geopolitics and international relations to understand the motives and consequences of state-sponsored cyber attacks.
He has a MA in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy, alongside a BA in Politics with Journalism, both from the University of Buckingham. His masters dissertation, titled 'Arms sales as a foreign policy tool,' argues that the export of weapon systems has been an integral part of the diplomatic toolkit used by the US, Russia and China since 1945. Benedict has also written about NATO's role in the era of hybrid warfare, the influence of interest groups on US foreign policy, and how reputational insecurity can contribute to the misuse of intelligence.
Outside of work Ben follows many sports; most notably ice hockey and rugby. When not running or climbing, Ben can most often be found deep in the shrubbery of a pub garden.