Biden-Harris Administration Secures AI Commitments from Major Tech Companies

In today’s press release from the White House, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that it has secured voluntary commitments from eight more artificial intelligence (AI) companies to manage the risks associated with AI. This move builds upon the commitments from seven AI companies obtained in July.

Companies Involved

The latest round of commitments includes major tech players such as Adobe, Cohere, IBM, Nvidia, Palantir, Salesforce, Scale AI, and Stability. These companies have pledged to drive the safe, secure, and trustworthy development of AI technology.

Nature of Commitments: The commitments emphasize three core principles for AI’s future: safety, security, and trust. The companies have agreed to:

  1. Ensure AI products undergo both internal and external security testing before public release.
  2. Share information on managing AI risks with the industry, governments, civil society, and academia.
  3. Prioritize cybersecurity and protect proprietary AI system components.
  4. Develop mechanisms to inform users when content is AI-generated, such as watermarking.
  5. Publicly report on their AI systems’ capabilities, limitations, and areas of use.
  6. Prioritize research on societal risks posed by AI, including bias, discrimination, and privacy concerns.
  7. Develop AI systems to address societal challenges, ranging from cancer prevention to climate change mitigation.

Government Action

These voluntary commitments are seen as a bridge to forthcoming government action. The Biden-Harris Administration is in the process of developing an Executive Order on AI to ensure the rights and safety of Americans. The Administration is also pursuing bipartisan legislation to position America as a leader in responsible AI development.

International Collaboration: The Administration has consulted with numerous countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, and the UK, among others, in developing these commitments. This international collaboration complements initiatives like Japan’s G-7 Hiroshima Process and the United Kingdom’s Summit on AI Safety.

Previous Initiatives

The Biden-Harris Administration has been proactive in addressing AI’s challenges and opportunities. Notable actions include:

  1. Launching the “AI Cyber Challenge” in August to use AI in protecting crucial US software.
  2. Meetings with consumer protection, labor, and civil rights leaders to discuss AI risks.
  3. Engagements with top AI experts and CEOs from companies like Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI.
  4. Publishing a Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and ramping up efforts to protect Americans from AI risks, including algorithmic bias.
  5. Investing $140 million to establish seven new National AI Research Institutes.

The Administration’s consistent efforts underscore its commitment to ensuring that AI is developed safely and responsibly, safeguarding Americans’ rights and safety, and protecting them from potential harm and discrimination.

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Rarible and Adobe Partners to Enhance NFT Security

Mainstream Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace, Rarible, has partnered with Adobe to improve the authenticity of digital arts created through Adobe Creative Cloud solutions, including Photoshop, Stock, and Behance.

As announced by Rarible, the partnership, which is billed to leverage the marketplace’s own Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), is set to help combat visual misinformation and protect creators through digital provenance.

The artworks created by users on Photoshop can now be linked to social media accounts and wallet addresses which are billed to be displayed on the user’s profile on Rarible.

“Users of the Photoshop desktop app can now link their social media profiles and crypto wallet addresses to their work. That way, they can further assure consumers that they are indeed the creator of their content,” the announcement reads, “To make sure that the new feature is widely available across the NFT space and collectors can see if the wallet used to create an asset was indeed the same one used to mint, Adobe partnered with Rarible, as well as other key NFT marketplaces, to display Content Credentials.”

NFTs are becoming a major trend in the blockchain ecosystem nowadays. Besides the retail frenzy that is sweeping across the space, the innovation is notably boosting the service rendering of software providers like Adobe, as well as marketplaces like Rarible. With the mainstream adoption of NFTs, security remains a key watchword that many creators will be looking for.

With the Rarible and Adobe partnership, there will be a guarantee that all incoming rewards go to those whom it was meant for. Rarible is considered at the forefront of safeguarding the interests of its creators as it recently introduced a feature where creators can list their items for sale and the minting fee passed on to consumers at the point of purchase. 

While this model is favourable for NFT creators, the question remains how competitive Rarible will appear before collectors amidst a growing emergence of several marketplaces in the ecosystem today.

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Adobe offers users the ability to verify NFT marketplace creations through metadata

Many nonfungible token (NFT) marketplaces are allowing digital collectors to identify artwork based on the wallet address of its creator through a partnership with software giant Adobe.

In a Tuesday announcement, Adobe said it would be partnering with major NFT marketplaces including OpenSea, KnownOrigin and SuperRare to allow users to verify the authenticity of the digital content. Adobe’s Content Credentials can add an NFT creator’s wallet address and social media information to the metadata of tokens listed on the marketplace.

“This partnership furthers our commitment to empowering users with more tools as we collectively rethink how we transfer digital goods on the internet,” said an OpenSea spokesperson. “Working in tandem with market leaders like Adobe and the growing NFT community, we will keep providing features to increase trust and transparency across the metaverse.”

The feature will still seemingly have the option for NFT creators to remain pseudonymous, with them choosing to display crypto addresses linked to their online identity or full real social media profiles. Rarible, another marketplace that offers Adobe’s digital verification system, said the feature would help “fight misinformation with attribution and verifiable truth of content.”

Related: Bragging rights: Twitter previews verification badge for NFT profile pics

According to data from DappRadar, OpenSea is the largest NFT marketplace by daily trading volume, reported as more than $50 million at the time of publication. SuperRare, Rarible, and KnownOrigin rank far below with roughly $1 million, $328,000, and $42,000 daily trading volume, respectively.

The platform recently faced criticism from many in the crypto space after OpenSea head of product Nate Chastain was accused of pumping up the prices of NFTs that he featured on the homepage before selling. OpenSea said its employees are barred from buying and selling collections that are being featured on the platform.