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Biden plays big brother for AI

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden walks across the stage to sign an Executive Order about Artificial Intelligence in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 30, 2023.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden walks across the stage to sign an Executive Order about Artificial Intelligence in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 30, 2023.

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President Joe Biden is preparing to issue new rules to compel technology companies to inform the government when they begin building powerful artificial intelligence models.


The rules are the result of a monthslong process that began with Biden’s executive order on AI in October. Under the rules, companies will have to disclose the computing power of their models (if they exceed a certain number of FLOPs, a unit of measuring compute), who owns the training data it’s being fed, and how the developer is conducting safety testing.

Biden is using his authority under the Defense Production Act, a sweeping set of powers for the president that, he believes, gives him the authority to rein in the most powerful AI models that could pose a threat to safety or national security if not monitored closely.

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