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On October 30, 2023, President Biden signed an Executive Order on AI, requiring companies to report to the federal
government risks of their systems, and lessen the dangers of “deep fakes.”
The Executive Order has eight sections to help guide AI safety and security and are broken down as follows:

1. New Standards for AI Safety and Security;
2. Protecting Americans’ Privacy;
3. Advancing Equity and Civil Rights;
4. Standing Up for Consumers, Patients, and Students;
5. Supporting Workers;
6. Promoting Innovation and Competition;
7. Advancing American Leadership Abroad; and
8. Ensuring Responsible and Effective Government Use of AI.

The Executive Order requires developers of the most powerful AI systems share their safety test results and other critical information with the U.S. government to help make AI systems safe, secure, and trustworthy before companies make them public, and calls for the establishment of an advanced cybersecurity program to develop AI tools to find and fix vulnerabilities in critical software.

The President calls Congress to pass bipartisan data privacy legislation to protect all Americas, directing a prioritization of federal support for accelerating the development and use of privacy-preserving techniques, strengthening of privacy-preserving research and technologies, evaluation of how agencies collect and use commercially available information, a strengthening of privacy guidance for federal agencies, and a development of guidelines for federal agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of privacy preserving techniques.

The Executive Order expands grants for AI research to catalyze AI research across the US, providing small developers and entrepreneurs proper resources to promote fair, open, and competitive AI ecosystems, working to expand international frameworks to harness AI benefits, accelerate development of international AI standards, and promote the advancement of sustainable development and deployment of AI abroad.

Lastly, the Executive Order directs the issuance of guidance for agency use of AI, help agencies acquire specified AI products and services in a faster and more efficient manner, and accelerate the rapid hiring AI professionals at all levels in all relevant fields.

The actions set forth above are vital steps forward in the US’s approach on safe, secure, and trustworthy AI. At The Beckage Firm, we have a group of seasoned attorneys and technologists with ample experience in AI related matters who can help your organization stay compliant with the Administration’s rollout of AI guardrails.

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