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Biden Issues AI Executive Order, Requiring Safety Assessments, Civil Rights Guidance, Research on Labor Market Impact


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The Biden administration is also taking steps to beef up the AI workforce.

The order represents “the strongest set of actions any government in the world has ever taken on AI safety, security, and trust,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed said in a statement.

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President Joe Biden issued a new executive order on artificial intelligence — the U.S. government's first action of its kind — requiring new safety assessments, equity and civil rights guidance and research on AI's impact on the labor market.

While law enforcement agencies have warned that they're ready to apply existing law to abuses of AI and Congress has endeavored to learn more about the technology to craft new laws, the executive order could have a more immediate impact. Like all executive orders, it "has the force of law," according to a senior administration official who spoke with reporters on a call Sunday.

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