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New NIST Public Working Group to Address Risks of Generative AI

6/26/2023

Interested stakeholders should respond by July 9

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a new public working group to explore the risks of generative artificial intelligence (AI). Stakeholders who would like to participate, including technical experts from the public and private sectors, should complete a form indicating their interest by July 9.

The NIST Generative AI Public Working Group will build on the success of the NIST AI Risk Management Framework (AI RMF), seeking to help address the challenges and opportunities associated with generative AI. Additionally, the group will support NIST in developing key guidance for organizations on specific risks associated with generative AI technologies. Its work will be facilitated via a collaborative online workspace.

“President Biden has been clear that we must work to harness the enormous potential while managing the risks posed by AI to our economy, national security, and society,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said. “The recently released NIST AI Risk Management Framework can help minimize the potential for harm from generative AI technologies. Building on the framework, this new public working group will help provide essential guidance for those organizations that are developing, deploying, and using generative AI, and who have a responsibility to ensure its trustworthiness.”

Goals of the public working group include:

  • Short term goal: Gather input on guidance that describes how the AI RMF may be used to support development of generative AI technologies
  • Midterm goal: Support NIST’s work on testing, evaluation, and measurement related to generative AI
  • Long term goal: Explore specific opportunities to increase the likelihood that generative AI technologies are productively used to address top challenges surrounding health, the environment, climate change, and more

“This new group is especially timely considering the unprecedented speed, scale, and potential impact of generative AI and its potential to revolutionize many industries and society more broadly,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST director Laurie Locascio. “We want to identify and develop tools to better understand and manage those risks, and we hope to attract broad participation in this new group.” 

Learn more in the NIST news item: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New NIST Public Working Group on AI

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