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 November 4, 2023

Obama worked with Biden admin to develop AI strategy: Report

Many have claimed that former President Barack Obama has quietly worked behind the scenes during President Joe Biden's time in the White House. 

While it's unclear to what capacity that may be true, the Washington Examiner reported this week that Obama has worked in the background on the White House's approach to emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

Obama reportedly contacted Biden at some point in 2022 when AI technology began to take massive leaps forward. Biden reportedly urged Obama to work with his administration on the issue.

The Examiner noted:

In June, the president and Obama connected regarding a number of issues, when AI was brought up. Biden called in his former boss to help create a key order for the first time, speaking on the phone about their goals and meeting again for lunch later in the month.

Per Biden's request, Obama would ultimately meet with "White House chief of staff Jeff Zients, deputy chief of staff Bruce Reed, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan," to continue talks about the administration's approach to the technology.

Obama reportedly collaborated with both the president and Vice President Kamala Harris over the summer to develop a framework regarding the White House's handling of emerging AI tech.

The former president also met with and talked to AI industry leaders and advocates regarding the technology, and ultimately expressed his desire to "maintain information integrity and reduce discrimination and bias."

Because everything is racist and biased, right?

It all culminated last week when President Biden announced an executive order that establishes government oversight of AI technology. Obama celebrated the moment.

"In the past, governments haven’t always adapted well to this kind of transformational change, but we have an opportunity to get this right," Obama said in the wake of Biden's EO.

He added, "That’s why I’m glad to see the Biden administration acting with a sense of urgency - securing voluntary commitments from leading companies, and now signing an executive order designed to encourage innovation while avoiding some of the biggest risks. Congress should follow President Biden’s lead and look to his executive order for opportunities to fund this work."

Many across social media torched Obama for working with the Biden administration on AI, with some claiming that it could ultimately be weaponized against opposing political viewpoints, under the guise of fighting "disinformation."

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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