Biden administration seeks input on rules for open-source artificial intelligence

The Biden administration is seeking input from experts on what sorts of guardrails are recommended for open-source artificial intelligence models.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Wednesday that it is seeking public comment on the risks and benefits of using “open-source” AI systems, or AI programs that are publicly available for anyone to use or modify. Open-source AI software encourages cooperation and innovation by allowing the public to modify the model and implement innovations that may not be on the commercial market yet. But they’re also at risk of being used by malicious actors, which has created some hesitancy on the part of the government.

Open-source models, or “Models with Widely Available Model Weights,” the NTIA said in its announcement, have the potential to “transform research, both within computer science and through supporting other disciplines such as medicine, pharmaceutical, and scientific research.”

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