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Hickok: Biden’s order limiting the use of artificial intelligence is a step in the right direction

Quoted by VentureBeat. Lecturer Merve Hickok. Biden AI Exec orders rolls out to applause, concerns of overreach.

Thursday, 11/09/2023

Last week, the Biden-Harris administration issued a historic executive order to limit the impact of artificial intelligence on workers’ rights, education, healthcare and a slew of other issues. 

Hundreds of AI experts weighed in on the executive order, which was met with excitement. 

University of Michigan School of Information lecturer Merve Hickok, an expert on AI, bias and regulation, says she’s “happy to see” the U.S “promoting democratic values and advanced leadership on AI governance.” Hickok is the president of the Center for AI and Digital Policy, a nonprofit research group. She has been pushing for AI regulation for years. 

Hickok was interviewed by VentureBeat about the order. 

The Biden Administration “understands the real and immediate challenges of AI and they still call on bipartisan legislation from the Congress,” she says. “So the executive order is one part of the administration’s multi pronged approach, but it is definitely in the right direction.”

“We’ve been demanding  guidance from OMB [Office of Management and Budget] for multiple years now,” she says. 

Read “Biden AI exec order rolls out to applause, concerns of overreach” on VentureBeat. Hickok was also interviewed by Wired. Read her thoughts here

Learn more about Merve Hickok’s research on AI bias and regulation by visiting her UMSI faculty profile

— Noor Hindi, UMSI public relations specialist