This morning, I awoke to a flurry of news regarding President Biden signing a sweeping executive order concerning AI. The Washington Post regarded this action as “the most significant effort to date from the U.S. government to grapple with this technology.” As part of the order, requirements will be outlined about how advanced AI products should be tested “to assure they cannot be used to produce biological or nuclear weapons,” per The New York Times. The order is calling on federal agencies to lessen the risks associated with AI, while also evaluating and regulating its use on levels other than that of national security; standards for companies to label AI-generated content are on the horizon, like requiring AI-generated photos, videos and audio to be watermarked.
“President Biden is rolling out the strongest set of actions any government in the world has ever taken on AI safety, security and trust,” said Bruce Reed, a White House deputy chief of staff. “It’s the next step in an aggressive strategy to do everything on all fronts to harness the benefits of A.I. and mitigate the risks.”
In a similar breath, we have a new AI-centric survey from IONOS, a cloud provider and expert IaaS provider for SMBs. IONOS surveyed 1,000 Americans regarding the use of AI in business, curating the feedback about current AI usage, building awareness, and the need for more regulations (which ties back to Biden’s new order).
Here are the long-story-short takeaways for you:
Achim Weiss, CEO of IONOS, had this to say:
“I am pleased that awareness of AI and its enormous potential is increasing. However, there are also reservations that show we still need to build more trust, because one thing is clear: AI is becoming increasingly important. As a cloud provider, we support our customers with new AI tools and functionalities to use this groundbreaking technology for their business processes. As a strong digitalization partner, IONOS guarantees the security, transparency and data sovereignty of the new services."
Every time I write about AI, its growth, its pitfalls and whatever else, I find myself wanting to wrap each article up with a clean conclusion about these topics. However, that simply isn’t realistically feasible right now. We, as a people, are living through history when it comes to the rise and proliferation of AI, not too dissimilar to people who were first introduced to the internet, to the first iPhone, and so on. (NVIDIA’s CEO even called this “The iPhone Moment” for AI.) So, we’ll continue reporting on what we can as AI permeates how we do business and how we operate, simply put, as individuals.
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