The Biden administration is seeking regulations of artificial intelligence systems that would require government audits to ensure they produce trustworthy outputs. Alan Davidson, the assistant secretary of communications and information at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), recently gave a speech at the University of Pittsburgh in which he discussed the importance of government audits of AI systems to build trust in this emerging technology.
Davidson explained that audits would help regulators assess whether AI systems perform as advertised and respect privacy and whether they lead to discriminatory outcomes or reflect unacceptable levels of bias. Audits may also be used to determine whether AI systems promote misinformation, disinformation, or other misleading content.
The issue of policing disinformation created by AI is likely to present both technical and political challenges to federal regulators. The Biden administration has put out some preliminary guidelines on how AI should be developed, but it remains to be seen how they will address the issue of misinformation and disinformation, and whether they will be able to work with Republicans to create meaningful regulations that protect both businesses and the public.