OpenAI, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Nvidia CEOs will collaborate on AI safety efforts

More than 20 experts in the field are joining a newly launched board for the secure adoption and development of AI in the critical infrastructure of the US.

On April 26th, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the establishment of an artificial intelligence (AI) safety and security board following an executive order by President Biden.

The board will consist of 22 representatives from various sectors, such as software and hardware companies, operators of critical infrastructure, public officials, members of the civil rights community, and academia.

The inaugural members include the CEOs of tech giants such as OpenAI, Anthropic, Nvidia, IBM, Microsoft, Adobe, Alphabet, and Amazon Web Services. The first board meeting is planned for early May, with subsequent meetings planned quarterly.

The board will work to advise the Secretary, the critical infrastructure community, other private sector stakeholders, and the broader public on the safe and secure development of AI technology.

The new advisory body will assist key infrastructure stakeholders – including transportation service providers, pipeline and power grid operators, and internet service providers – in using AI technologies more responsibly.

With threats of AI being used in malicious activities on the rise, the board will also work to prepare recommendations for response to AI-related threats to essential services affecting national or economic security, public health, or safety.

“Artificial Intelligence is a transformative technology that can advance our national interests in unprecedented ways. At the same time, it presents real risks – risks that we can mitigate by adopting best practices and taking other studied concrete actions,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas in a press release.

The Board's launch is a pivotal part of DHS's extensive efforts to address the rapid rise of AI technology.

In March 2024, DHS introduced its inaugural "Artificial Intelligence Roadmap," outlining plans for 2024 to responsibly utilize AI in advancing homeland security goals while safeguarding privacy, civil rights, and liberties.

In February, DHS conducted a hiring campaign to recruit 50 experts to enhance AI implementation across key areas of homeland security.

In April 2023, DHS established an AI Task Force to bolster supply chain integrity and trade by deploying AI for improved cargo screening, detection of goods made with forced labor, and risk management. This includes using AI to detect fentanyl shipments better, identify precursor chemicals globally, and disrupt criminal networks.

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