President Joe Biden attended a San Francisco meeting with leading technology experts on Tuesday to discuss his administration’s efforts to initiate safeguards on artificial intelligence.
Biden, speaking at the Fairmont San Francisco hotel, said AI has already helped Americans in a myriad of ways, like finding more relevant search results on the internet and directing us away from congested traffic areas when using GPS services.
“AI is going to change the way we teach, learn and solve challenges like disease and climate change, and give time to focus on the things that matter most to us personally,” Biden said.
Alongside Gov. Gavin Newsom, technology leaders like Arati Prabhakar, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology and Jim Steyer of Common Sense Media were reportedly in attendance for Tuesday’s event.
“We’ll see more technological change in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 50 years — and maybe beyond that. AI is already driving that change in every part of American life, often in ways we don’t notice.”President Joe Biden
The president said he is committed to addressing the risks associated with AI, like threats to national security and the economy. Last October, Biden proposed an AI Bill of Rights to ensure people are protected from AI-driven privacy violations and misinformation.
Earlier this year, Biden met with his council of science and technology advisors, alongside the nation’s top players in technology, to discuss both the promise and risks of AI technology. In May, Vice President Kamala Harris and Biden also met with leading CEOs of AI companies to ensure the products do not pose a risk before making them public.
On Tuesday, Biden said he looks forward to discussing with Silicon Valley experts on the intersection of technology and society.
“We’ll see more technological change in the next 10 years than we have seen in the last 50 years — and maybe beyond that,” Biden said. “AI is already driving that change in every part of American life, often in ways we don’t notice.”
Biden arrived in the Bay Area on Monday and had campaign fundraisers planned in Larkspur and San Francisco later Tuesday before returning Wednesday to Washington, D.C.