US joins international AI panel to battle China’s power

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Posted on: May 29, 2020 6:21 pm EDT

A G7 group created to counter China’s advances now counts on the support of the USA

Artificial intelligence (AI) is still a newer technology going through constant development with the goal of adding AI features to many business activities across the world. As such, some people are wondering about the future on ethical matters that can be brought by the use of AI – the US Federal Trade Commission recently issued a series of guidelines for automated decision-making processes empowered by AI. After first refusing to join an international panel formed by the G7 countries to tackle the subject of AI, the Trump administration has now agreed to join. This initiative comes from previous records from China demonstrating that it can engaging in “twisting technology” to threaten civil liberties, according to what the White House’s chief technology officer, Michael Kratsios, said.

Kratsios told The Associated Press yesterday that these democratic principles are necessary to make sure no countries that are part of the G7 engage in using AI and its derivative technologies for ill purposes. “Chinese technology companies are attempting to shape international standards on facial recognition and surveillance at the United Nations,” he said. This new effort comes solely from this administration two years after leaders of countries like Canada and France announced a similar group to discuss the responsible adoption of AI. The decision came after a virtual meeting between national technology ministers on Thursday.

Previously, the US did not want to get involved in the group as this approach was considered to be introducing too heavy regulations that would impact innovations that are important for the country. However, changes during the last year have motivated the US to join the group. “We worked very hard to make it clear that it would not be a standard-setting or policy-making body,” added Kratsios.