Monday 1 January 2024

Biden’s regulation of AI usage raises concerns about NARRATIVE CONTROL

 "Never let a good crisis go to waste." This quote made famous by British statesman Winston Churchill now epitomizes the unjustifiable expansion and abuse of government powers in the Joe Biden era.

The pandemic ushered in a series of disastrous experiments, from distance learning and monetary supply expansion to lockdowns. After witnessing the extent of Biden's actions, seemingly anything appears permissible. Whether these alternatives lead to a better or worse future remains a topic for another day.

However, with real income diminishing due to reckless monetary policy, it's no surprise that Biden faces criticism.

The New York Times warned against going down the "rabbit hole," fearing a loss of narrative traction. Social media, despite previous claims, isn't the sole battleground; the Left seeks narrative control in various arenas.

Biden's regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) usage, showcased in an executive order, raises concerns about narrative control. The order delegates regulatory and enforcement powers, emphasizing AI's application to "critical infrastructure sectors."

Vague language regarding the internet and online communications leaves room for speculation. The Biden administration's white paper, titled "A Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights," further outlines principles that can be applied beyond specific sectors.

Two key principles include protection from "unsafe or ineffective systems" and preventing algorithmic discrimination through "proactive equity assessments."

These principles, when applied broadly, suggest potential control over AI usage in various sectors, including social media. 

Biden's focus on fighting "inequity" raises questions about defining "high-quality" data and manipulating algorithms to enforce progressive narratives. The implications extend beyond chatbots, potentially influencing algorithms on social media platforms and search engines.

Non-leftists must not ignore the deliberately vague executive order and regulatory regime, recognizing the potential impact on counternarratives. As attention spans decline, especially among the youth, controlled algorithms and chatbots become gateways to shape perceptions. Addressing these issues is crucial to preserving diverse perspectives in the digital landscape.

ACLU raises several concerns

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in a press statement, said that while the order takes significant steps by mandating agencies to safeguard civil rights and liberties in the use of AI within governmental programs, it falls short of adequately addressing AI applications in national security and lacks robust safeguards against law enforcement's AI utilization – crucial federal domains fraught with considerable risks.

The order specifically excludes AI systems involved in national security, encompassing areas such as surveillance, immigration and border activities that routinely impact Americans. Instead, these systems are deferred to a future policy memorandum. The use of AI in law enforcement undergoes an interagency process and necessitates a report on the current applications of AI within this domain.

ReNika Moore, director of the ACLU's Racial Justice Program, expressed encouragement for the administration's acknowledgment of the need for a comprehensive approach to combat discrimination and real-world harms arising from AI and automated systems. However, she noted the administration's deferral of addressing tools in national security and law enforcement, areas witnessing widespread AI deployment with profound impacts on liberty, equity and due process.

Cody Venzke, senior policy counsel in the National Political Advocacy Department at the ACLU, emphasized the pervasive integration of AI into daily life and its exacerbation of discriminatory harms in various sectors.

While recognizing the executive order's invocation of existing civil rights authority to combat discriminatory AI across the government, Venzke raised concerns about the order's failure to provide protections against AI in law enforcement, particularly the role of facial recognition technology in contributing to false arrests, and in national security, encompassing surveillance and immigration.

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