US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about departmental investments and actions to combat the climate crisis, at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 8, 2023.

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Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with the CEOs of GoogleAnd MicrosoftThe White House confirmed to CNBC on Tuesday that OpenAI and Anthropic are meeting to discuss the responsible development of artificial intelligence.

The White House said Harris will address the need for safeguards that can mitigate potential risks from AI and stress the importance of ethical and trustworthy innovation.

The vice president will also be joined by other senior members of the Biden administration, including Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce; Jeff Zients, Biden’s chief of staff; Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to Biden and Arati Prabhakar, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, among others.

An invitation to the event, which was seen by CNBC, said officials plan to engage in “frank discussion” with CEOs about AI, particularly regarding risks from the “current and near-term” development of the technology.

Representatives for Google and OpenAI did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment. An Anthropic representative confirmed that the company would attend the meeting.

Generative AI exploded into the public consciousness after OpenAI released its viral new chatbot called ChatGPT late last year.

In the months that followed, Microsoft integrated OpenAI’s generative technology across many of its products as part of its multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment in the company. Google launched a competitive chatbot called Bard in February, and Anthropic announced its own chatbot, Claudein March.

While many experts are optimistic about the potential of generative AI, the technology has also inspired questions and concerns from regulators and tech industry giants. Jeffrey Hinton, known to some in the tech industry as the “father of artificial intelligence,” left his longtime position at Google in part to share his concerns about the potential threat of artificial intelligence, according to a report released Monday. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter, was one of more than 27,000 people to sign an open letter in March calling on AI labs to pause development.

The White House said Thursday’s meeting is part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to communicate with experts about the technology and ensure AI products are safe before they are released to the public.


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