“The urgency of this moment must compel us to create a collective vision of what this future must be,” Ms. Harris plans to say on Wednesday, according to prepared remarks released by her office.
The executive order Mr. Biden signed on Monday marked the United States’ most concrete regulatory effort in the A.I. arena to date. Among other things, it requires that companies report to the federal government about the risks that their systems could help countries or terrorists make weapons of mass destruction. It also seeks to lessen the dangers of “deep fakes” — A.I.-generated audio and video that can be difficult to distinguish from authentic footage — that could swing elections or swindle consumers.
“President Biden and I believe that all leaders, from government, civil society and the private sector have a moral, ethical and societal duty to make sure A.I. is adopted and advanced in a way that protects the public from potential harm and ensures that everyone is able to enjoy its benefits,” Ms. Harris plans to say in her remarks.
On Thursday, Ms. Harris will represent the United States in a summit organized by Britain’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak, that is slated to draw tech figures like Elon Musk and representatives from countries that are advancing in A.I., like China.
The United States has trailed places like the European Union, China and Israel in regulating the technology, with Congress yet to pass major legislation on the subject and many of the provisions in Mr. Biden’s executive order largely unenforceable. But the administration has garnered agreements from top companies, which have pledged to manage risks in the race to capitalize on the technology, and has established a “Blueprint for an A.I. Bill of Rights” that focuses on consumer protection.