AI companies pledge to safety commitments at White House, but Apple's absence raises eyebr...

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The White House convened with heads of seven companies to drive voluntary commitments to develop safe and transparent AI, but Apple was not among those present, and it's not clear why.

The White House meets with AI companies
The White House meets with AI companies



The administration has recently announced that it has secured voluntary commitments from seven leading artificial intelligence (AI) companies to manage the risks posed by AI. This initiative underscores safety, security, and trust principles in developing AI technologies.

The companies that have pledged their commitment include Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI. Interestingly, despite Apple's work in AI and machine learning, the company is missing from the talks.

The absence of Apple from this initiative raises questions about the company's stance on AI safety and its commitment to managing the risks associated with AI technologies.

AI commitments and initiatives



One of the primary commitments made by these companies is to ensure that AI products undergo rigorous internal and external security testing before they are released to the public. The testing aims to guard against significant AI risks like biosecurity, cybersecurity, and broader societal effects.

Furthermore, these companies have taken the responsibility to share vital information on managing AI risks. Sharing that information won't be limited to the industry but will extend to governments, civil society, and academia.

The goal is to establish best practices for safety, provide information on attempts to bypass safeguards and foster technical collaboration.

In terms of security, these companies are investing heavily in cybersecurity measures. A significant focus is protecting proprietary and unreleased AI model weights, which are crucial components of an AI system.

The companies have agreed that these model weights should only be released when intended and after considering potential security risks. Additionally, they facilitate third-party discovery and reporting of vulnerabilities in their AI systems, ensuring that any persisting issues are promptly identified and rectified.

President Biden meets with AI companies on safety standards and commitments. Source: Kenny Holston/The New York Times
President Biden meets with AI companies on safety standards and commitments. Source: Kenny Holston/The New York Times



To earn the public's trust, these companies are developing robust technical mechanisms to ensure users can identify AI-generated content, such as through watermarking systems. That approach allows creativity with AI to thrive while minimizing the risks of fraud and deception.

Moreover, these companies have committed to publicly reporting on their AI systems, covering security and societal risks to address areas such as the effects of AI on fairness and bias.

Research is also a significant focus. The companies are prioritizing research into the societal risks that AI systems can pose, which includes efforts to avoid harmful bias and discrimination and to protect user privacy.

They are also committed to leveraging AI to address some of society's most pressing challenges, ranging from cancer prevention to climate change mitigation.

The government is also developing an executive order and pursuing bipartisan legislation to promote responsible AI innovation. They have consulted with numerous countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, and the UK, to establish a robust international framework for AI development and use.

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  • Reply 1 of 17
    waveparticlewaveparticle Posts: 1,497member
    Tesla is also absent.
    BiCCchasmpulseimagesmichelb76watto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 2 of 17
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,982member
    Maybe because Apple is currently a consumer rather than purveyor of AI? Only rumors say otherwise; no announced product. 
    tmaypulseimagesbadmonkwatto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 3 of 17
    Apple should not show up and did not. The government should be visiting Apple. Real Presidents visit an assembly line of Apple production.  I'm not political - just stating a Fact.  Slow Joe would need a stretcher. 
    williamlondoncornchip
  • Reply 4 of 17
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 2,279member
    Maybe because Apple is currently a consumer rather than purveyor of AI? Only rumors say otherwise; no announced product. 

    Incorrect. AI, or more correctly, machine learning, is woven through many, many Apple products. Even typing auto-correction is based on machine learning models. Apple has worked on versions, or subsets, of AI for decades. Just because ChatGPT came along and stole the headlines doesn't mean that AI is something new on the scene. They just took a much more open and broad approach that shows more of the capabilities of the technology.
    danoxmknelsonmichelb76watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 17
    Did the AIs agree?
    BiCCwatto_cobraiqatedocornchip
  • Reply 6 of 17
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 1,128member
    BiCC said:
    Apple should not show up and did not. The government should be visiting Apple. Real Presidents visit an assembly line of Apple production.  I'm not political - just stating a Fact.  Slow Joe would need a stretcher. 
    And Donald would need a paddy wagon.

    You capitalized Fact like it's a title or a trademark not like a noun.
    pulseimageswilliamlondonmichelb76watto_cobraOnPartyBusinesscornchipjony0
  • Reply 7 of 17
    danoxdanox Posts: 3,052member
    Maybe because Apple is currently a consumer rather than purveyor of AI? Only rumors say otherwise; no announced product. 

    Incorrect. AI, or more correctly, machine learning, is woven through many, many Apple products. Even typing auto-correction is based on machine learning models. Apple has worked on versions, or subsets, of AI for decades. Just because ChatGPT came along and stole the headlines doesn't mean that AI is something new on the scene. They just took a much more open and broad approach that shows more of the capabilities of the technology.
    Since Apple is a hardware and software company, their take on AI (mostly a buzzword to the public today) is going to be different from all the software only companies. Apple as a vertical computer company will approach AI in a more down to earth way, with usable practical solutions that can be used by the public in their every day lives. Hey! wait Apple has already been doing that for several years now…… 
    watto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 8 of 17
    Maybe because Apple is currently a consumer rather than purveyor of AI? Only rumors say otherwise; no announced product. 

    Incorrect. AI, or more correctly, machine learning, is woven through many, many Apple products. Even typing auto-correction is based on machine learning models. Apple has worked on versions, or subsets, of AI for decades. Just because ChatGPT came along and stole the headlines doesn't mean that AI is something new on the scene. They just took a much more open and broad approach that shows more of the capabilities of the technology.

    Apple did not show up.  Put your philosophy hard hat on and ask - Why -
    williamlondon
  • Reply 9 of 17
    mknelson said:
    BiCC said:
    Apple should not show up and did not. The government should be visiting Apple. Real Presidents visit an assembly line of Apple production.  I'm not political - just stating a Fact.  Slow Joe would need a stretcher. 
    And Donald would need a paddy wagon.

    You capitalized Fact like it's a title or a trademark not like a noun.

    President Trump actually stood beside CEO Cook at the assembly line in Texas.  Where was Slow Joe.  Not there my friend.  No politics in technology.  As an outsider, who is the President of America.  Crack pipe biden or President Trump.The article simply read who showed up and did not show up.  Apple did not show up.  Why...
    williamlondoncornchipjbdragon
  • Reply 10 of 17
    BiCC said:
      I'm not political - 
    Not political? In the same sentence you write: “ Slow Joe would need a stretcher. ”. You’re as political (and wrong!) as could be  :D
    edited July 2023 pulseimageswatto_cobraOnPartyBusinesswilliamlondoniqatedojony0
  • Reply 11 of 17
    BiCC said:
    mknelson said:
    BiCC said:
    Apple should not show up and did not. The government should be visiting Apple. Real Presidents visit an assembly line of Apple production.  I'm not political - just stating a Fact.  Slow Joe would need a stretcher. 
    And Donald would need a paddy wagon.

    You capitalized Fact like it's a title or a trademark not like a noun.

    President Trump actually stood beside CEO Cook at the assembly line in Texas.  Where was Slow Joe.  Not there my friend.  No politics in technology.  As an outsider, who is the President of America.  Crack pipe biden or President Trump.The article simply read who showed up and did not show up.  Apple did not show up.  Why...
    Stood? That fat blob can hardly stand, he was just wobbling  :D He can’t even spell Apple correctly although he ‘knows words, has the best words’. Anyway, soon in jail, so he is not relevant anymore.
    edited July 2023 pulseimageswatto_cobraOnPartyBusinesswilliamlondonjony0
  • Reply 12 of 17
    BiCC said:
    Apple should not show up and did not. The government should be visiting Apple. Real Presidents visit an assembly line of Apple production.  I'm not political - just stating a Fact.  Slow Joe would need a stretcher. 
    Your last sentence was political. 
    watto_cobraOnPartyBusinesswilliamlondonjony0
  • Reply 13 of 17
    michelb76michelb76 Posts: 651member
    BiCC said:
    Apple should not show up and did not. The government should be visiting Apple. Real Presidents visit an assembly line of Apple production.  I'm not political - just stating a Fact.  Slow Joe would need a stretcher. 
    Why would Biden go all the way to Taiwan to point at a production line? Do you live in North Korea?
    watto_cobraOnPartyBusinessjony0
  • Reply 14 of 17
    michelb76michelb76 Posts: 651member
    BiCC said:
    Maybe because Apple is currently a consumer rather than purveyor of AI? Only rumors say otherwise; no announced product. 

    Incorrect. AI, or more correctly, machine learning, is woven through many, many Apple products. Even typing auto-correction is based on machine learning models. Apple has worked on versions, or subsets, of AI for decades. Just because ChatGPT came along and stole the headlines doesn't mean that AI is something new on the scene. They just took a much more open and broad approach that shows more of the capabilities of the technology.

    Apple did not show up.  Put your philosophy hard hat on and ask - Why 

    Because this is mostly for show? All players with a generative AI dying for others to get regulated so they can catch up or capture more market themselves? Plenty of other players were not present either. The one present have a vested interest to be there to make sure they are not being negatively affected because they were absent. For Apple it's totally irrelevant which one 'wins'.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 17
    aankopen said:
    BiCC said:
      I'm not political - 
    Not political? In the same sentence you write: “ Slow Joe would need a stretcher. ”. You’re as political (and wrong!) as could be  :D

    Wrong is a moral word.  Incorrect is the Objective word. Slow Joe does need a stretcher.  Is Slow Joe even allowed to drive.  I'm not political but President Trump was Beside CEO Cook at an Apple assembly plant.  I'm not bringing politics into this game.  I've never voted with the exception of - who is hot.  Which is subjective.  All i know about politics is that Slow Joe's son likes to hit the rocks.  Which is really funny.  Pass the pint (meth) in the bat (pipe)!! 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 16 of 17
    michelb76 said:
    BiCC said:
    Maybe because Apple is currently a consumer rather than purveyor of AI? Only rumors say otherwise; no announced product. 

    Incorrect. AI, or more correctly, machine learning, is woven through many, many Apple products. Even typing auto-correction is based on machine learning models. Apple has worked on versions, or subsets, of AI for decades. Just because ChatGPT came along and stole the headlines doesn't mean that AI is something new on the scene. They just took a much more open and broad approach that shows more of the capabilities of the technology.

    Apple did not show up.  Put your philosophy hard hat on and ask - Why 

    Because this is mostly for show? All players with a generative AI dying for others to get regulated so they can catch up or capture more market themselves? Plenty of other players were not present either. The one present have a vested interest to be there to make sure they are not being negatively affected because they were absent. For Apple it's totally irrelevant which one 'wins'.

    I agree.  Apple knows they will win.  Why waste time.  Apple NOT showing up tells you how much they care about non-sense.  Apple invents the narrative, they don't show up to meetings, they Guest. If the prettiest broad don't like you, She don't show up. The pretty ones ask you out.  And put those Airtags to follow you.  Deep waters.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 17 of 17
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,311member
    Why should Apple show up? For one there is there no AI. This is just a bunch of market B.S.  These programs aren't even all that smart or complex.   Is there was real AI, they would be handling Tesla cars, and at level 5.   So why does Apple need to go to this sham?
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