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The first meeting of the White House AI Council, formed under President Biden’s executive order on artificial intelligence (AI), was held on Tuesday.

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Key topics during the meeting included a classified intelligence briefing about AI’s international dimensions and capabilities, provided by the president’s national security team. Cabinet members such as Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra discussed strategies to attract talent and expertise into government roles, methods for safety testing new AI models, and ways to mitigate risks like fraud, discrimination, and privacy violations associated with AI technologies.

The council also deliberated on the newly established US Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute, a development announced last month by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

This council is set to meet regularly as part of the broader initiative outlined in President Biden’s comprehensive executive order on AI, which also includes new standards for safety and federal reporting on AI model testing and results that could impact national security, economic security, or public health.


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