US President Joe Biden has emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety of artificial intelligence (AI) before its release to the public.

During a meeting with science and technology advisers on Tuesday, Biden acknowledged the potential benefits of AI in solving major global issues such as disease and climate change. However, he also highlighted the possible risks to society, national security, and the economy.

Biden urged technology companies to ensure their products are secure before releasing them to the public. He cited the negative impact of social media as an example of the potential hazards of powerful technologies in the absence of appropriate safeguards.

The president called for the U.S. Congress to approve non-partisan privacy laws that limit personal data gathered by technology firms and prohibit child-targeted advertising.

The Center for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Policy, a technology ethics organization, recently urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to prevent OpenAI from releasing new commercial versions of GPT-4, a language model that has both impressed and alarmed users due to its human-like capacity to create written responses to prompts.