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President Biden Holds Press Conference on Artificial Intelligence

On Friday, President Biden held a press conference announcing that the Biden-Harris Administration has secured voluntary commitments from some of the world’s biggest technology companies to ensure the safety, security, and trustworthiness of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The group, which in includes Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI, promised to work diligently and responsibly to mitigate the risks of AI.

According to a fact sheet released by the Administration, the companies will accomplish this by: ensuring products are safe before introducing them to the public; building systems that put security first; and earning the public’s trust. President Biden noted that the voluntary commitments, “mark a critical step toward developing responsible AI.”

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA understands artificial intelligence reflects the cutting edge of technology and provides various opportunities for advancement. We also recognize the challenges AI poses to society, such as increased bias and discrimination against marginalized people, potential threats to national security, privacy concerns, and risks to personal safety especially for children. The NCC will continue to follow this critical policy issue and monitor its progress at the federal level.