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Monash expert: Biden issues first order on AI safety

Monash University 2 mins read

A Monash expert is available to comment on US President Joe Biden unveiling a new executive order on the safe use of artificial intelligence (AI), and its impact on the public at large and the tech industry. 


*Professor Joanna Batstone, Director of Monash Data Futures Institute 

Contact details: +61 450 501 248 or  

  • Fundamentals of AI
  • Future of AI 
  • Data science 

*Please note: Professor Batstone is travelling and not available for live interviews today


The following can be attributed to Professor Batstone:

It is encouraging to see the US administration take action to ensure responsible development of safe, secure, and trustworthy artificial intelligence. I support a risk-based approach to AI regulation that can provide firm guardrails for protecting society while providing flexibility to spur innovation.


“New breakthroughs in AI technology will continue to occur, and approaches for regulation need to be flexible to encourage new innovation and the development and deployment of safe and responsible AI.


“Areas of focus for risk-based regulation should include real-time biometric identification in public places, predictive law enforcement systems, social scoring and biometric categorisation systems using sensitive characteristics (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, religion), emotion recognition systems in law enforcement, border management, the workplace, and educational institutions.


“Trustworthiness of content is of great concern and the recommended approach to support watermarking for AI-generated content is an important step forward to address risk of harm from fraud and deep fakes and reduce the spread of misinformation.”


“The challenge is around how actionable this executive order is and how fast the US can move forward with approval for these measures. Another risk is around auditing and monitoring compliance in relation to the safeguards prescribed in this executive order.


“The US, United Kingdom, Australia and other technologically advanced nations have an opportunity to lead the development of AI standards for adoption around the world.”


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