Hastings Center Responds To Draft Guidance For Regulation Of Artificial Intelligence Principles By White House Office Of Science And Technology Policy

Hastings Center Senior Advisor Gretchen Greene


(NEW YORK) – Hastings Center Senior Advisor Gretchen Greene responded to this week’s release of draft guidance for regulation of artificial intelligence principles by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy:

“The White House is calling for innovation and yet, if the innovation is by city councils or state legislatures, appears to be moving in a direction to discourage it,” Greene said.

Greene, an internationally recognized expert on artificial intelligence policy and ethics, including face and emotion recognition, recently joined The Hastings Center as a Senior Advisor. At Hastings, she is examining and addressing the ethics of AI in our society, with a particular emphasis on its applications in health and health care/

“Artificial intelligence is a very rapidly advancing field, causing change and unforeseen consequences at scale, across sectors,” Greene said.

The 10 “Principles for Stewardship of AI Applications” as announced by the White House OSTP include:

Public trust in AI — “The government’s regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to AI must promote reliable robust and trustworthy AI applications.”

Public participation — Agencies should provide “ample opportunities” for the public to participate in all stages of the rulemaking process.

Scientific integrity and information quality — “Agencies should develop technical information about AI through an open and objective pursuit of verifiable evidence that both inform policy decisions and foster public trust in AI.”

Risk assessment and management — “A risk-based approach should be used to determine which risks are acceptable, and which risks present the possibility of unacceptable harm or harm that has expected costs greater than expected benefits.”

Benefits and costs – Agencies should “carefully consider the full societal benefits, and distributional effects” before considering regulations.

Flexibility – Regulations should “adapt to rapid changes and updates to AI applications”.

Fairness and non-discrimination – Agencies should consider issues of fairness and non-discrimination “with respect to outcomes and decisions produced by the AI application at issue”.

 Disclosure and transparency — “Transparency and disclosure can increase public trust and confidence in AI applications.”

Safety and security — “Agencies should pay particular attention to the controls in place to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information processed stored and transmitted by AI systems.”

Interagency coordination — “Agencies should coordinate with each other to share experiences and ensure consistency and predictability of AI-related policies that advance American innovation and growth and AI.”

The Hastings Center is the nation’s first bioethics research institution. Its mission is to advance responsible health, science, and technology. The Hastings Center is a nonpartisan bioethics research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest since 1969. The Center draws on a worldwide network of experts to frame and examine issues that inform professional practice, public conversation, and social policy. Learn more about The Hastings Center at www.thehastingscenter.org.


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