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AI Debrief: October 27 2023


This week has seen several significant developments in the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI):

  1. Biden Administration's Executive Order on AI:

    • The U.S. is moving towards establishing government standards on AI, with an executive order expected from the Biden administration. This order aims to leverage the federal government's purchasing power to shape American standards for AI technology, which has advanced faster than regulatory measures. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is also expected to tighten industry guidelines on testing and evaluating AI systems. Moreover, the order may require cloud computing companies to monitor and track users who might be developing powerful AI systems. This move follows after the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT, which brought national attention to the risks and power of consumer AI technology​.
  2. US Loophole Addressal on AI Chip Exports to China:

    • The U.S. is working on preventing American chipmakers from selling semiconductors to China that circumvent government restrictions. This move is part of a broader effort to secure critical technologies and maintain a competitive edge in the global tech landscape​.
  3. Foxconn and Nvidia Collaboration on AI Factories:

    • Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, is teaming up with Nvidia to build a new kind of data center using Nvidia chips and software for a range of applications including self-driving cars. This collaboration reflects the growing importance and integration of AI in various sectors​.
  4. AI Chip Curbs on Chinese Companies Abroad:

    • A report highlighted that a significant portion of AI chips procured via Chinese military tenders were designed by U.S.-based companies. There's a proposition to add AI chip curbs to Chinese companies operating abroad to prevent potential security risks​.
  5. AI Discussions at the UN General Assembly:

    • AI has become a hot topic at the UN General Assembly, reflecting the global recognition of AI's impact. The discussions cover a wide array of concerns and opportunities brought about by rapid advancements in AI technology​.

These stories underline the rapidly evolving landscape of AI, its growing integration in various sectors, and the simultaneous efforts by governments and international bodies to manage its risks and potential.