National Institute of Standards and Technology’s new AI risk framework and Biden administration’s AI bill of rights designed to be used side-by-side, top official says of White House science policy.
Speaking Thursday at the launch of the NIST AI risk management framework, Alondra Nelson said the White House provided “in-depth input and insight” into its development and said the administration’s basic approach vis-à-vis technology was reflected in both documents.
“The United States is taking a sophisticated, principled approach to AI that advances American values and addresses the complex challenges of this technology,” Nelson said. “That’s why [the Office of Science and Technology Policy] provided in-depth input and insight into the RMF as it was being developed…to share views and expertise on this framework…to collaborate on this vision…and layout considerations for think about a wide variety of AI-related risks.
The White House leader’s comments accompanied the release of the new framework and also follow questions from Republican lawmakers about the use of certain definitions in the two documents.
Nelson also noted that NIST was at the table in the talks as the OSTP crafted the guiding document for the AI Bill of Rights.
“That’s why last year the administration launched the process to develop and update the National AI R&D Strategic Plan to guide federal investments in AI innovation,” he said. she stated.
Nelson continued, “That’s why this fall the administration hosted a roundtable to lay out our core technology policy principles…principles that are reflected in both documents, including increasing transparency about platform algorithms…and stopping algorithmic discrimination.”
By creating the framework document, NIST was fulfilling a key requirement of the National AI Initiative Act, which became law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021.
Speaking at the launch event, officials stressed that the document will continue to change as NIST gathers further input from industry and the scientific community.