US to launch AI Safety Institute

US to launch AI Safety Institute

United States to establish dedicated AI Safety Institute

The United States is launching an AI safety institute to assess risks associated with advanced artificial intelligence models. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo made the announcement during the AI Safety Summit in Britain, emphasizing the need for collaboration with academia and industry to form a consortium. The private sector's involvement is crucial for the institute's success.

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Partnership with UK Safety Institute

Secretary Raimondo pledged to formalize a partnership between the US AI safety institute and the United Kingdom Safety Institute. The new institute will operate under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and lead the US government's efforts in AI safety, particularly concerning advanced AI model evaluation.

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The institute's primary responsibilities include developing safety, security, and testing standards for AI models, authenticating AI-generated content, and providing testing environments for researchers to assess emerging AI risks and known impacts. This initiative aligns with President Joe Biden's recent executive order, which mandates that developers of AI systems with potential risks to national security, the economy, public health, or safety must share safety test results with the US government before public release. The order also instructs agencies to establish testing standards and address related risks, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and cybersecurity concerns.

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