US Vice President Harris calls on tech giants to ensure AI safety

US Vice President Kamala Harris has called on the heads of four tech giants to ensure the safety and security of their AI products.

Harris met the CEOs of the US firms at the White House on Thursday. They were Microsoft; Google's parent company, Alphabet; OpenAI, the developer of ChatGPT; and Anthropic, a startup co-founded by ex-OpenAI employees.

Harris said AI can improve people's lives and address major social challenges. But she added the technology has the potential to dramatically increase threats to safety and security, and infringe civil rights and privacy.

Harris said the private sector has an "ethical, moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of their products." She called on the CEOs to ensure appropriate safeguards and protections from the potential risks posed by AI.

The US has announced an investment of 140 million dollars to establish seven new National AI Research Institutes.

A senior administration official indicated the US hopes to work closely with the European Union on regulations, while consulting with domestic AI developers on issues including safety. The EU is drawing up AI legislation.