India, US working on responsible AI: White House's cyber adviser

Update: 2023-09-16 19:03 GMT
Anna Neuberger

WASHINGTON D.C: India and the US are working together on trustworthy and responsible artificial intelligence (AI), advancing AI standards and measurement, and AI education in the workforce, according to Anna Neuberger, the deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology at the National Security Council, US.

“Certainly, that’s an area of concern in all of our countries. There will be new jobs; how do we handle the transition and the training from jobs that may be impacted? And the United States supports India’s leadership as chair of the Global Partnership on AI,” she said, in an interaction with foreign journalists at the Foreign Press Center (FPC) in Washington D.C., on Friday.

The interaction was part of the International Reporting Tour (ITR) organised by FPC in Boston, Detroit, and Washington D.C. from September 6 to 16.

“Our international cooperation is focused on managing the risks and proving that AI can be done in a way that respects human rights and fundamental freedom while providing that benefit. We believe we can generate the benefit of better cancer prediction models without also predicting individuals’ private health information. And that’s one of the goals as well,” Neuberger said.

She said countries that adopted technology growth powered their economies, attracted skilled labour, and drove productivity and economic growth.

“Militaries that adapted technology were able to be forced on the global stage – from advanced intelligence and precision intelligence to robotics for hazardous missions, to keep soldiers safe. So, technology fundamentally has shaped geopolitics and economics for a long time,” she said.

Stating that advancements in technology are poised to define the geopolitical era of the future, she said, “The combination of AI, advanced telecommunications, and sensors will generate leap-ahead breakthroughs in drug discovery, food security in an age of extreme weather and clean energy in an era where we’re optimally fighting climate change. It will also enable novel military and intelligence capabilities that will shape our collective security.”

“In the United States, we’re carefully considering the national security implications of AI, including risks and opportunities, as well as tangible trust and safety mechanisms… We want to achieve that promise together with key allies and partners. Because international collaborations can ensure we all have equitable access to the promise of emerging technologies,” Neuberger said.

She said that the US was focused on joint work with experts from other countries.

“Last year, the US and the European Union signed an administrative agreement focused on AI for public good, to drive both progress in AI and related privacy-protecting technologies in five areas. One is health and there are 11 areas of partnership underneath, including building advanced models for more effective cancer detection, building advanced models for more effective cardiac treatments,” Neuberger said.

“There’s a second line of work around extreme weather prediction. In the last six months alone, we’ve seen so much hardship based on extreme weather, flooding, and fires. Can we better predict those? Also, on electric grid optimization, because our energy grids are big parts of carbon consumption and generation,” she said.


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