Washington, D.C. – The Biden administration has appointed Elizabeth Kelly, a top White House aide, as the director of the newly established AI Safety Institute at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The institute, part of the Commerce Department, is set to play a crucial role in promoting the development of artificial intelligence technology.
Kelly, currently serving as an economic-policy adviser to President Joe Biden, played a key role in the drafting of the executive order that led to the establishment of the institute. According to the Commerce Department, Kelly’s contribution was significant and instrumental in shaping the president’s agenda on technology and financial regulation, as well as in mobilizing broad coalitions among stakeholders.
One of the main objectives of the AI Safety Institute is to establish “red-team” testing standards for major AI developers by July. These standards will ensure that AI systems are safe and reliable for consumers and businesses. By implementing trustworthy safety tests, the administration aims to build widespread confidence in AI technology, thereby facilitating its broader adoption.
While the federal government recently started requiring AI companies to test their systems, the lack of universal standards has been a significant challenge. The AI Safety Institute plans to address this issue by finalizing a comprehensive set of standards by summer.
Elizabeth Kelly brings a wealth of experience to her new role. A graduate of Yale Law School, she has previously served in the Obama White House and worked at financial-services company Capital One.
The appointment of Elizabeth Kelly as the director of the AI Safety Institute underscores the Biden administration’s commitment to fostering responsible and safe development of artificial intelligence technology. With her expertise and leadership, the institute aims to pave the way for the future of AI while addressing critical safety concerns.