The White House on Tuesday January 7th proposed regulatory principles to control the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in an aim to limit authorities' "overreach", Reuters reported.
The White House said in a fact sheet that the federal agencies should "conduct risk assessment and cost-benefit analyses prior to any regulatory action on AI, with a focus on establishing flexible frameworks rather than one-size-fits-all regulation."
This proposal came while companies are racing to integrate AI and deep machine learning into their businesses to maintain a competitive edge. Yet companies and experts have warned that the technology raises ethical concerns about control, privacy, cyber security and the future of work.
Agencies should "promote trustworthy AI" and "must consider fairness, non-discrimination, openness, transparency, safety, and security," the Trump administration said.
The White House also wants European officials to remain innovation friendly. "Europe and our allies should avoid heavy handed innovation-killing models," it said, adding "the best way to counter authoritarian uses of AI is to make sure America and our international partners remain the global hubs of innovation."
Tuesday's "principles set the nation on a path of continued AI innovation and discovery," Michael Kratsios, the White House's chief technology officer, said in a statement.
The European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence last year issued a set of ethical guidelines and European Union leaders are considering regulatory action.