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US Government Releases Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently released a “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights”.  The announcement is the typical dense government press release, but it highlights

five principles that should guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems to protect the American public in the age of artificial intelligence. The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights is a guide for a society that protects all people from these threats—and uses technologies in ways that reinforce our highest values.

The blueprint calls out five principles.

Safe and effective systems: you should be protected against people unwilling to or incapable of protecting you.

Algorithmic discrimination protections: I’m sure programmers will enjoy the recommended “proactive equity assessments”.

Data privacy: What you’d expect.

Notice and explanation: The description of this is…interesting.

You should know how and why an outcome impacting you was determined by an automated system, including when the automated system is not the sole input determining the outcome. Automated systems should provide explanations that are technically valid, meaningful and useful to you and to any operators or others who need to understand the system, and calibrated to the level of risk based on the context. Reporting that includes summary information about these automated systems in plain language and assessments of the clarity and quality of the notice and explanations should be made public whenever possible.

Human alternatives, consideration, and fallback: You should be able to get ahold of someone to fix problems if automated systems can’t.

Some of this seems kind of obvious, and some of it is fantasy.  It’s from essentially a consumer protection perspective as opposed to looking at AI capabilities.

You can read the 73-page document here.

 

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