Homeland Security Forms AI Safety Advisory Board

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed on Friday the formation of a high-profile advisory board featuring CEOs from OpenAI, Microsoft, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), and Nvidia. This esteemed board is tasked with providing guidance to the government regarding the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into critical infrastructure.

Its primary objective is to develop strategic recommendations for various sectors, including transportation, pipeline operations, power grids, and internet services. The aim is to “mitigate and prepare for potential disruptions caused by AI in critical services, safeguarding national security, public health, and safety.”

According to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the board’s expertise will play a pivotal role in ensuring the responsible and secure implementation of AI technology. Their focus will encompass addressing potential threats posed by AI across essential sectors such as energy, utilities, transportation, defense, IT, agriculture, and finance.

Mayorkas told reporters, “It is not a board that will be focused on theory, but rather practical solutions for the implementation of AI in our nation’s daily life. It was very important to bring key developers of this extraordinarily powerful tool to the board.”

Comprised of 22 distinguished members, the advisory board boasts tech luminaries such as OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky and Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su.

The board also includes Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, Occidental Petroleum CEO Vicki Hollub and Northrop Grumman CEO Kathy Warden, as well as Maryland Governor Wes Moore, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and the Head of White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Scheduled to convene for its inaugural session next month, the board has outlined plans for quarterly meetings going forward. Highlighting the urgency, DHS’s 2024 threat assessment underscores the alarming potential of AI-assisted tools, “potential to enable larger scale, faster, efficient, and more evasive cyber attacks—against targets, including pipelines, railways, and other US critical infrastructure.”

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