Altana Announces Participation in Department of Commerce Consortium Dedicated to AI Safety

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Altana joins 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 – Today, Altana announced that it 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.

“We’re proud to be part of the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium to help shape the guidelines, tools, methods, protocols and best practices to facilitate the evolution of industry standards for developing or deploying AI that is safe, secure and trustworthy,” said Peter Swartz, Chief Science Officer and co-founder, Altana. “As artificial intelligence becomes a more prominent part of everyday life, private and public stakeholders must come together to ensure its growth reaches its potential, while ensuring it is responsible and safe for all citizens and organizations. In developing the Altana Atlas, the only dynamic, AI-powered map of the global supply chain, we’ve seen firsthand the potential that AI can have on solving important issues. We’re dedicated to championing AI as a tool for good and look forward to working with the consortium on this vital topic.”

“The U.S. government has a significant role to play in setting the standards and developing the tools we need to mitigate the risks and harness the immense potential of artificial intelligence. President Biden directed us to pull every lever to accomplish two key goals: set safety standards and protect our innovation ecosystem. That’s precisely what the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium is set up to help us do,” said Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce. “Through President Biden’s landmark Executive Order, we will ensure America is at the front of the pack – and by working with this group of leaders from industry, civil society and academia, together we can confront these challenges to develop the measurements and standards we need to maintain America’s competitive edge and develop AI responsibly.”

The consortium includes more than 200 member companies and organizations on the front lines of developing and using AI systems, as well as the civil society and academic teams 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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