Biden calls Pichai, Nadella, asks them to protect people from AI risks   


President Joe Biden met with CEOs of top artificial intelligence companies including Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google and underlined the potential and danger of AI that could affect people across the globe. Indian American CEOs of Google and Microsoft, Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella respectively and OpenAI’s Sam Altmann attended the top-level meeting.  

“Artificial Intelligence is one of the most powerful tools of our time, but to seize its opportunities, we must first mitigate its risks. Today, I dropped by a meeting with AI leaders to touch on the importance of innovating responsibly and protecting people’s rights and safety,” Biden tweeted. 

Interacting with the top officials AI officials of Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google, the US President said, “I just came by to say thanks. What you are doing has enormous potential and enormous danger. I know you understand that and I hope you can educate us as to what you think is most needed to protect society as well as to the advancement. This is really really important.” 

While US Vice President Harris was meeting with CEOs of four American companies at the forefront of AI innovation, President Biden dropped by the meeting and highlighted that along with benefits that might come from advances in AI, it is imperative to mitigate both the current and potential risks AI poses to individuals, society, and national security. 

Biden’s meeting with AI officials of various companies assumes great significance as there is serious debate around the world about the positive and negative aspects of Artificial Intelligence. There is a growing fear that AI could lead to rising unemployment, privacy violations and misinformation campaigns. 

The meeting also included frank and constructive discussion on three key areas: the need for companies to be more transparent with policymakers, the public, and others about their AI systems; the importance of being able to evaluate, verify, and validate the safety, security, and efficacy of AI systems; and the need to ensure AI systems are secure from malicious actors and attacks, the White House said in its statement.