In the second half of 2023, notable AI policy events occurred. The US government issued an Executive Order on AI, and the G7 introduced an International Code of Conduct for AI. The US Executive Order promotes responsible AI use by federal agencies, while the G7 Code of Conduct establishes ethical principles for advanced AI development and deployment. Governments worldwide are acknowledging the need for AI regulations and policies. The implementation of these policies will be crucial in shaping the future of AI technology and its impact on society. It will also set a precedent for other countries to follow, encouraging global cooperation and collaboration in the development of multilateral AI laws, regulations, and policies.
The newly introduced AI code of conduct by the G7 address critical aspects of responsible AI implementation with a focus on ethical practices and risk mitigation throughout the AI lifecycle, aiming to help to set a new global standard.
The Rise of Global AI Regulations: A Review of US and G7 Policies
The G7 International Code of Conduct and the included guiding principles, born out of the G7 Hiroshima Process, builds upon the voluntary commitments made by AI companies as part of the White House's initiative. It outlines responsible practices to mitigate the inherent risks associated with AI development and implementation. These practices encompass:
- Thorough evaluations
- Collaborative information sharing
- Effective governance models
- Robust security protocols
- Measures promoting transparency
The primary objective of the code is to establish fundamental standards, particularly for leading AI companies. With extensive support from both governments and corporations, it has the potential to become a benchmark for global best practices and domestic regulations.
The US Executive Order on AI places emphasis on the responsible and transparent utilization of AI by federal agencies. Its purpose is to ensure that agencies take appropriate measures to safeguard privacy and civil liberties when employing AI technology. The order also encourages the adoption of ethical principles in the development and deployment of AI solutions. It mandates agencies to share information about their AI systems with one another, fostering collaboration and transparency.
Through implementation, the US government takes a proactive approach towards responsible AI adoption. By setting an example for federal agencies, it can inspire other nations to introduce comparable guidelines that prioritize ethical AI practices.
Evaluating the Impact of AI Policies on Global Technological Advancement
As we enter a new era of technology with boundless potential, it is imperative to establish guidelines and regulations that promote responsible AI development and deployment. The US and G7 policies represent significant strides towards achieving this objective, and we can anticipate more countries following suit in the near future. By working collectively, we can ensure that AI technology benefits society while minimizing potential risks and ethical concerns.
Notably, this includes directing substantial new efforts towards the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These efforts involve NIST developing assessments for model capabilities and safety features, expanding the Secure Software Development Framework to encompass secure practices for cutting-edge models, and constructing a companion framework specifically for generative AI based on the Risk Management Framework. The expansion of the Secure Software Development Framework to encompass secure practices for frontier models aligns seamlessly with Appen's commitment to upholding the highest standards in AI development.
The executive order also initiates a trial phase for the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR). This initiative aims to enhance accessibility for academic researchers to obtain the necessary data and computing power for AI safety studies and the development of practical applications. It not only promotes research but also fosters innovation within the United States. Appen has consistently supported this initiative and eagerly anticipates finding ways to contribute to the NAIRR pilot.
Appen’s Commitment to Ethical AI Practices
Appen fully supports the G7 Code of Conduct, and we are committed to integrating its principles into our own development and deployment procedures, complementing the principles outlined in the White House Commitments.
This, in addition to the recently released US Executive Order (EO) on AI, aligns with our own values and policies that prioritize responsible and transparent AI practices. We believe that ethical considerations should be at the core of all AI development and deployment, which is why we have adopted a robust set of measures to ensure compliance with global best practices.
Our comprehensive approach includes:
- Conducting thorough evaluations throughout the AI lifecycle
- Collaborating with clients to share relevant information and promote transparency
- Implementing effective governance models to ensure ethical practices
- Prioritizing security protocols to safeguard data privacy and prevent bias
We are proud to contribute to the advancement of responsible AI development globally, and we continue to work towards integrating ethical considerations into all aspects of our operations. By doing so, we believe that the use of AI technology can be transformative, while maintaining trust and accountability towards society.
Responsible AI use requires collaboration between governments, industry leaders, and individuals. The US Executive Order and G7 International Code of Conduct are significant milestones in responsible AI development. With these policies, we move closer to achieving a fair and ethical AI landscape.