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Homeland Security Advisory Group Taps Sam Altman, Satya Nadella, and AI Industry Leaders

The Department of Homeland Security launched a new AI safety board with tech giants like Nvidia and Microsoft to advise on using AI safely

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The Homeland Security Department has established the Artificial Intelligence Safety and Security Board, enlisting leaders from the world's most influential AI companies to offer guidance on a variety of AI-related issues. The board, which is set to convene for its initial meeting in May, will provide insights not only on national security concerns but also on challenges related to electricity consumption and manufacturing that are anticipated to arise from AI technologies. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas emphasized the potential benefits of AI for the United States but cautioned against the repercussions of its improper implementation, especially in critical infrastructure.

Diverse Expertise on the Board

The board's membership boasts an impressive roster of tech industry luminaries, including Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, CEO Satya Nadella, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, and CEO Sam Altman. Other notable figures such as AMD CEO Lisa Su and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins have also been invited to join. Beyond the tech industry, the board comprises nearly two dozen members, drawing from academia, , and various other sectors. Among them are Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Executive Director Damon Hewitt, and Maryland Governor Wes Moore. This diverse composition ensures a wide range of perspectives on AI's societal impacts.

Objectives and Concerns

The board aims to meet quarterly to address the complex and evolving challenges AI presents to society. With the tech industry representatives potentially forming a significant portion of the board, there is a concerted effort to ensure that the group's mission remains focused on safety, security, and responsible AI deployment, rather than business development opportunities. The creation of the board is timely, considering the increasing integration of AI in defense, potential issues of copyright in data, and the risks of AI-powered election interference. As the next Presidential election approaches, the guidance provided by this board could be crucial in shaping the United States' AI strategy and policy.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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