Leaders of Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI Join Federal AI Safety Board

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  • The leaders of Google, OpenAI, and others are reportedly joining the federal AI safety board.
  • The advisory group is meant to ensure safe, secure use of AI in critical infrastructure
  • The White House is hoping to fill a regulatory void in AI.

The leaders of Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and OpenAI are among those who’ve joined a new AI Safety and Security board in the U.S. government, The Wall Street Journal has learned.

Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Jensun Huang, and Sam Altman will join a board of almost two dozen people that will help federal officials both spur adoption of AI in critical infrastructure and safeguard that structure against risks.

The group also includes civil rights luminaries as well as infrastructure executives like Northrop Grumman CEO and Delta Air Lines chief Ed Bastian. Public officials like Maryland Governor Wes Moore and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell are part of the panel, as are tech executives from Amazon, AMD, Cisco, and IBM.

President Biden ordered the board’s existence in fall 2023 as part of a broader AI initiative that also called on emergency powers to oversee the technology. Companies would have to alert the government if they created any AI platform that posed a “serious risk” to the economy, public health, or national safety.

The AI board should hold its first meeting in May, and should assemble on a quarterly basis.

The Biden administration has made clear that it wants Congress to pass legislation controlling AI, and that its executive action is ultimately a stopgap. There are concerns the tech could automate people out of jobs, skew the economy, and alter the nature of warfare.