President Trump signed an executive order on Artificial Intelligence in February of last year in which he outlined his administration’s strategy for accelerating the U.S.’s position of leadership in AI. The overarching objective of the order was to foster public trust in AI systems by establishing the appropriate level of governance along with basic standards for the technology. The principles in the order were designed specifically not to stifle Federal agencies ability to innovate and execute in rapid fashion due to government over-regulation. Recently the White House issued a draft memo listing these principles and the goals behind them. The following article does an excellent job of providing the details of the memo and what the rationale is for them.
A recent draft memo from the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) reveals the guiding principles by which government agencies should abide by when developing regulations for using artificial intelligence. In short, these principles are designed to achieve three goals:
- Ensure public engagement
- Limit regulatory overreach
- Promote trustworthy technology.
The memo also includes 10 principles that agencies must consider when drafting AI regulations.
The point of these principles is to help agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration with its approval process for AI-powered medical devices, or the Transportation Department’s work on autonomous vehicles and drones.