The Biden administration is calling for regulations of artificial intelligence systems that would require government audits to ensure that they produce trustworthy outputs.
Alan Davidson, the assistant secretary of communications and information at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), recently spoke about the importance of government audits of AI systems to build trust in this emerging technology.
Davidson said that audits would help regulators assess whether AI systems perform as advertised and respect privacy and whether they lead to discriminatory outcomes or reflect unacceptable levels of bias. The goal of policing disinformation created by AI is likely to present both technical and political challenges to federal regulators.
Despite the challenges, worries about biased AI have been growing over the last year as technology advances and could prove to be a fertile area for the government to regulate.
So far, the Biden administration has put out some preliminary guidelines on how AI should be developed, but it remains to be seen how they will address the issue of misinformation and disinformation, and whether they will be able to work with Republicans to create meaningful regulations that protect both businesses and the public.