Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Does your workplace have a written AI policy?

The White House has unveiled the first-ever executive order on artificial intelligence (AI).

According to the White House, "The Executive Order establishes new standards for AI safety and security, protects Americans' privacy, advances equity and civil rights, stands up for consumers and workers, promotes innovation and competition, advances American leadership around the world, and more."

I'd like to highlight a couple of points from the EO that specifically impact the workplace. Specifically, the EO directs the federal government to:

1.) Develop standards, tools, and tests to help ensure that AI systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy.

2.) Establish standards and best practices for detecting AI-generated content and authenticating official content, to protect people from AI-enabled fraud and deception.

3.) Provide guidance to keep AI algorithms from being used to exacerbate discrimination.

4.) Develop principles and best practices to mitigate the harms and maximize the benefits of AI for workers by addressing job displacement; labor standards; workplace equity, health, and safety; and data collection.

In the meantime, employers continue to struggle with these issues, particularly as it pertains to the use of generative AI — ChatGPT and its ilk — by employees in the workplace.

Employers, here is my question for you: Have you developed a written policy on the use of AI by your employees in the workplace? Please head over to LinkedIn and answer my one-question poll.