Hello and welcome to Protocol Enterprise! Today: the White House releases a set of “rules” for using AI, Samsung outlines broad contract chipmaking goals, and Microsoft’s patch for the Exchange vulnerability last week didn’t work.

The White House has some AI tech ideas for you

Nearly a year ago, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy promised the nation an AI bill of rights, citing discriminatory and flawed AI unleashed by industry for use without guidelines federal regulations.

Although not a regulatory or enforcement body, The OSTP might have offered more specific recommendations for future AI regulations or legislation. Instead, the office today unveiled a “blueprint” for an AI bill of rights.

Some civil rights and AI advocates said it provides clear principles for the AI ​​protections every American should have. It lists five AI guidelines:

  • People must be protected from unsafe or inefficient automated systems.
  • They do not have to face the discrimination allowed by algorithmic systems.
  • They must be protected from abusive data practices and the uncontrolled use of surveillance technologies.
  • They need to be aware when an AI system is being used and understand how it affects decisions.
  • They need to be able to opt out of automation and, when appropriate, interact with a real person.

The document includes a long “technical companion” intended to help embed the guidelines into the design and use of AI.

  • “More than 80% of the document is about specific and prescriptive things that different stakeholders can do to ensure that people’s rights are protected in the design and use of technology,” Alondra Nelson, deputy director of the Protocol, told Protocol. ‘OSTP for Science and Society.
  • The design suggestions outline some things that are relatively standard in AI product development, such as testing AI systems and monitoring them after deployment.
  • Other suggestions are not so common, such as providing mechanisms for people to opt out of automation in favor of human oversight.

Now privacy and civil rights groups are watching to see if the principles of the blueprint will be put into practice, including with respect to the US government’s use of AI.

  • Notably, the plan includes a detailed disclaimer which states that the principles set forth therein “are not intended to prohibit or limit any lawful activity by any government agency, including law enforcement, security national or intelligence activities”.
  • “The administration must also ensure that the systems used by the federal government meet the goals set out in today’s blueprint,” said Alan Butler, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

For important information on how the plan came to be, see my whole story.

-Kate Kaye (E-mail | Twitter)


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Samsung makes its contract chip pitch

In a large boardroom inside a swanky hotel in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, a handful of top executives from Samsung’s chipmaking company laid out its plans for the next five years.

In a word, it is ambitious.

Moonsoo Kang, the head of the South Korean company’s semiconductor foundry, outlined the plan to a room full of journalists and industry analysts: Samsung plans to triple its manufacturing activity under contract for three years.

As it stands, the majority of Samsung’s foundry operations are devoted to building the chips that power mobile phones, although the company has substantial manufacturing capacity devoted to consumer, automotive and computer chips. high performances which represent approximately 30% of its revenues.

By 2027, Samsung announces its intention to disrupt the existing mix. Kang said the company foresees a sustained push into automotive and data center chips, which executives aim to reach nearly half of its overall foundry sales. And it plans to increase its revenue in the United States twelvefold compared to 2019.

The muscle behind Samsung’s pitch is that it managed to achieve a number of manufacturing firsts – although some of the claims are debatable. A recent achievement in transistor manufacturing technology theoretically puts chips made with it ahead of those produced by TSMC and Intel, for example.

Samsung employees also presented the roadmap for its manufacturing process until 2027. At that point, the company will be ready to print chips with its 1.4 nanometer node.

Behind Samsung’s plans remains the reality that it is second only to TSMC as the contract chipmaker for most chip design companies. And with Intel investing heavily in its own foundry, Samsung lives in a world of intense and growing competition.

— Max A. Cherney (E-mail | Twitter)

Around the company

Microsoft has updated its attenuations for newly discovered Exchange vulnerabilities after researchers pointed out they were easy derive.

Microsoft Azure is poised to make around $11 billion cloud revenue this year from US customers, according to Business Insider.


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