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After proving incapable of resolving one of the greatest existential threats facing the nation, Vice President Kamala Harris has been tasked with tackling what some experts regard as the greatest existential threat facing the species.
The former border czar, who has overseen upwards of six million illegal aliens steal into the U.S. since taking power in 2021, is now apparently running lead on efforts to keep artificial intelligence from going off the rails.
The hyphenated "Biden-Harris Administration" announced a scheme to "promote responsible AI innovation" Thursday, allegedly to "protect people's rights and safety."
Citing the possible risks posed to humanity by AI, the administration stressed that "companies have a fundamental responsibility to make sure their products are safe before they are deployed or made public."
Harris was dispatched to meet with the leaders of Alphabet, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI "to underscore this responsibility and emphasize the importance of driving responsible, trustworthy, and ethical innovation with safeguards that mitigate risks and potential harms to individuals and our society."
Elon Musk — head of Twitter, Tesla, and Neuralink — was not among those magnates in attendance.
In a social media post on Musk's platform, Harris wrote, "Advances in tech always present new opportunities and challenges. Generative AI is no different."
\u201cAdvances in tech always present new opportunities and challenges. Generative AI is no different.\n \nToday, I met with CEOs of companies at the forefront of these advances to discuss the responsibility that governments and companies have to mitigate risks to protect the public.\u201d— Vice President Kamala Harris (@Vice President Kamala Harris) 1683249757
According to the administration, Harris and the technologists discussed their need to be transparent with policymakers and the public about AI systems; "the importance of being able to evaluate, verify, and validate the safety, security, and efficacy of AI systems; and the need to ensure AI systems are secure from malicious actors and attacks."
In addition to gabbing with tech tycoons, Harris will oversee a budget of $140 million, reported Reclaim the Net.
This AI slush fund will be used to launch new national AI research institutes, bringing the total number of such think tanks to 25 nationwide, all allegedly dedicated to pursuing "transformative AI advances that are ethical, trustworthy, responsible, and serve the public good," and bolstering America's AI research and development infrastructure.
AI pioneer Geoff Hinton sounded the alarm about the threat of AI Wednesday at a MIT Technology Review conference, reported Forbes.
"The alarm bell I’m ringing has to do with the existential threat of them taking control," said Hinton. "I used to think it was a long way off, but I now think it's serious and fairly close."
"If you take the existential risk seriously, as I now do, it might be quite sensible to just stop developing these things any further," added Hinton.
Hinton is not the only person in the space with this concern.
Over 1,000 tech leaders, researchers, and others signed an open letter published on March 22, stressing the danger AI experiments pose to mankind and calling for a pause.
The letter noted that "recent months have seen AI labs locked in an out-of-control race to develop and deploy ever more powerful digital minds that no one – not even their creators – can understand, predict, or reliably control."
In 2014, Elon Musk said, "I think we need to be very careful about artificial intelligence. ... With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon."
The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, admitted last month that there is a degree of impenetrability regarding generative AI chatbots' reasoning and that the bots are already lying to humans half the time.
Extra to the potential for AI to lie or exterminate the human race, Goldman Sachs indicated in a recent report that a quarter of work tasks in the U.S. and Europe could soon be replaced by AI.
While AI may pose a real threat to Americans' way of life and life in general, Harris' involvement in the counteroffensive may be intended to address another threat altogether — namely the public's overwhelming disdain for her.
TheBlaze previously reported that the Biden campaign is desperate to address Harris' unlikability and boost her profile ahead of the 2024 election.
According to RealClearPolitics, Harris' average job approval rating is 38.7%, with an average of 54.3% of respondents giving her an unfavorable assessment.
White House officials have indicated that Biden might also give Harris a low job approval rating, complaining of her not "rising to the occasion," her inability to take "things off his plate," and her propensity for "word salads."
Despite Harris' unpopularity inside and outside the Oval Office, senior Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told Reuters there is no way she will soon be replaced.
Axios noted that senior White House adviser Anita Dunn, who the New York Times claimed is at the center of "Biden's inner circle," has directed the White House political and engagement teams to get Harris more airtime promoting abortion and other Democratic causes.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.