The New York Public Library Announces Participation in Department of Commerce Consortium Dedicated to AI Safety

The Library will be one of more than 200 leading AI stakeholders to help advance the development and deployment of safe, trustworthy AI under new U.S. Government safety institute



 

FEBRUARY 8, 2024—The New York Public Library announced on Thursday that it has joined more than 200 of the nation’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) stakeholders to participate in a Department of Commerce initiative to support the development and deployment of trustworthy and safe AI. Established by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) will bring together AI creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations to meet this mission.

“As an institution dedicated to free access to knowledge for all, The New York Public Library has great interest in the potential that artificial intelligence has to better lives. But with that potential comes great risk if this emerging technology, currently being developed at a breakneck speed with little guardrails, is not used responsibly. We are proud to be joining NIST’s Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute Consortium to help establish methods to promote the responsible use of AI,” said Anthony W. Marx, President of The New York Public Library.

The consortium includes more than 200 member companies and organizations that are on the frontlines of developing and using AI systems, as well as the civil society and academic teams that are building the foundational understanding of how AI can and will transform our society. These entities represent the nation’s largest companies and its innovative startups; creators of the world’s most advanced AI systems and hardware; key members of civil society and the academic community; and representatives of professions with deep engagement in AI’s use today. The consortium also includes state and local governments, as well as non-profits. The consortium will also work with organizations from like-minded nations that have a key role to play in setting interoperable and effective safety around the world.

The full list of consortium participants is available here.

 

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