WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, July 21 (Reuters) – Top AI companies including OpenAI, Alphabet ( GOOGL.O ) and Meta Platforms ( META.O ) have made voluntary commitments to the White House to implement measures such as watermarking AI-generated content to help make the technology safer, the Biden administration said on Friday.
The companies — which also include Anthropic, Inflection, Amazon.com ( AMZN.O ) and OpenAI partner Microsoft ( MSFT.O ) — pledged to thoroughly test systems before releasing them and share information on how to reduce risk and invest in cybersecurity.
The move is seen as a victory for the Biden administration’s efforts to regulate the technology, which has seen a boom in investment and consumer popularity.
Since generative artificial intelligence, which uses data to create new content like ChatGPT’s human-like prose, became very popular this year, lawmakers around the world began considering how to mitigate the new technology’s dangers to national security and the economy.
US Senate Majority Chuck Schumer, who has called for “comprehensive legislation” to promote and ensure protections against artificial intelligence, praised the commitments on Friday and said he would continue to work to build and expand them.
The Biden administration said it would work to establish an international framework to govern the development and use of AI, according to the White House.
Congress is considering a bill that would require political ads to disclose whether AI was used to create images or other content.
President Joe Biden, who is hosting executives from the seven companies at the White House on Friday, is also working to develop an executive order and bipartisan legislation on AI technology.
As part of the effort, the seven companies committed to developing a system to “watermark” all forms of content, from text, images, audio, to videos generated by AI, so that users know when the technology has been used.
This watermark, embedded in the content in a technical way, will presumably make it easier for users to detect deeply fake images or audio files that, for example, may show violence that did not happen, create a better scam or distort an image of a politician to put the person in an unflattering light.
It is unclear how the watermark will be clear when sharing the information.
The companies also pledged to focus on protecting user privacy as AI develops and on ensuring that the technology is free of bias and not used to discriminate against vulnerable groups. Other commitments include developing AI solutions to scientific problems such as medical research and climate change mitigation.
Reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington and Krystal Hu in New York Editing by Matthew Lewis and Nick Zieminski
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