USA to develop AI ‘bill of rights’

The US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced it will be developing an AI bill of rights, and will seek input from the public. The bill of rights is aimed at protecting people against AI’s harmful consequences. Announcing the initiative in an op-ed, OSTP’s chiefs wrote that ‘some of the failings of AI may be unintentional, but they are serious and they disproportionately affect already marginalised individuals and communities. They often result from AI developers not using appropriate data sets and not auditing systems comprehensively, as well as not having diverse perspectives around the table to anticipate and fix problems before products are used (or to kill products that can’t be fixed).’ For the US government, cutting corners is unacceptable, ‘just as it’s unacceptable to create pharmaceuticals and other products – whether cars, children’s toys, or medical devices– that will harm many people.’