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Expert warns Biden’s AI order has ‘wrong priorities’ despite some positive reviews

President Biden signed what he called a “landmark” executive order (EO) on artificial intelligence, drawing mixed reviews from experts in the rapidly developing technology.

“One key area the Biden AI [executive order] is focused on includes the provision of ‘testing data’ for review by the federal government. If this provision allows the federal government a way to examine the ‘black box’ algorithms that could lead to a biased AI algorithm, it could be helpful,” Christopher Alexander, chief analytics officer of Pioneer Development Group, told Fox News Digital. 

“Since core algorithms are proprietary, there really is no other way to provide oversight and commercial protections,” Alexander added. “At the same time, this needs to be a bipartisan, technocratic effort that checks political ideology at the door or this will likely make the threat of AI worse rather than mitigate it.”

Alexander’s comments come after Biden unveiled a long-anticipated executive order containing new regulations for AI, hailing it as the “most sweeping actions ever taken to protect Americans from the potential risks of AI systems.”

Siegel argued that there are “four pillars to AI regulation,” including protecting vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly; developing laws that “take into account the scope of AI”; ensuring that algorithms are fair by removing bias; and ensuring trust and safety in algorithms.

“I would give the EO high marks on [pillars] three and four and more of an incomplete on one and two,” Siegel said. “Sadly, there is only so much that can be done in an EO anyway, and it is necessary for Congress to engage with the White House to make some of this into law.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.


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