Microsoft welcomes Biden’s new AI order — is that a good thing or bad?

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President Joseph R. Biden Jr. last month laid down a wide-ranging executive order targeting generative AI, dealing with everything from safety and security measures, to issues related to bias and civil rights, and oversight over how genAI is produced. On the surface, the order sounds like a comprehensive and powerful one.

But is it really? Microsoft, along with most other big genAI creators, welcomed the order, with Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith calling it “another critical step forward in the governance of AI technology…. We look forward to working with US officials to fully realize the power and promise of this emerging technology.”

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