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US Homeland Security Establishes Blue-Ribbon Board with Tech CEOs to Advise on AI

 |  April 28, 2024

The US Homeland Security Department has established a new board including Big Tech companies, alongside government officials and outside advisors, to help craft the US’ future AI policies. This advisory panel, which includes CEOs from companies such as OpenAI, Microsoft, Google’s parent Alphabet, and Nvidia, will provide strategic guidance on the integration of AI into various sectors, with implications for everything from national security to public welfare management.

According to Reuters, the board’s primary objective is to develop recommendations for stakeholders in key industries, including transportation, pipeline operations, power grids, and internet service providers. These recommendations will focus on preemptive measures to prevent and mitigate disruptions caused by AI-related incidents, which could potentially compromise national or economic security, public health, or safety.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas emphasized the necessity of ensuring the responsible deployment of AI technologies to safeguard vital services. Speaking to reporters, Mayorkas highlighted the board’s role in addressing emerging threats posed by AI across critical sectors such as energy, utilities, transportation, defense, information technology, food and agriculture, and financial services.

“This is not merely a theoretical endeavor but rather a pragmatic approach to integrating AI into our nation’s daily operations,” remarked Mayorkas. “By engaging key stakeholders and developers of this immensely powerful tool, we aim to devise practical solutions that enhance the resilience of our critical infrastructure.”

The 22-member board boasts a lineup of tech leaders, including Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI; Dario Amodei, CEO of Anthropic; Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia; Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM; Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet; Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco; Adam Selipsky, CEO of Amazon Web Services; and Lisa Su, CEO of Advanced Micro Devices.

Source: Reuters