On Monday, President Joe Biden issued a decree outlining new guidelines and safety precautions about artificial intelligence. The president is “impressed and alarmed” by AI, according to Deputy White House Chief of Staff Bruce Reed, who spoke with the Associated Press (via Time). The president was informed about the “terrifying technology of voice cloning” and saw “fake AI images of himself.” Reed claims that after viewing “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” at Camp David, Biden’s worries regarding AI also intensified. After screening the movie with Biden, Reed stated, “If he hadn’t already been concerned about what could go wrong with AI before that movie, he saw plenty more to worry about.”
Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning,” as he battles the Entity, a terrifying and conscious artificial intelligence. The whole crew of a submarine is killed when the Entity commandeers and wrecks it in the movie’s opening scene. “Biden was profoundly curious about the technology in the months of meetings that led up to drafting the order” according to the AP. He spoke with scientists who outlined the risks and potential benefits of artificial intelligence.
The executive order’s action items will be implemented over the next 90 to 365 days, with the protection and security-related ones coming first, according to AP. The executive order requires artificial intelligence researchers to share their security evaluations and other essential data with the U.S. government. The White House claims that the order “directs the most sweeping actions ever taken to protect Americans from the potential risks of AI systems.” Other measures include the development of standards, tools, and tests to ensure the safety of AI systems. To shield consumers from fraud motivated by artificial intelligence, the order also specifies guidelines for “content authentication and watermarking to clearly label AI-generated content.”