President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday outlining his administration’s plans to force the Democrat-driven identitarian tenets of Critical Race Theory into the development process of AI “to ensure that AI advances equity and civil rights.”
In what could amount to the most deeply concerning statement in modern U.S. policy, the Executive Order calls for the “incorporation of equity principles in AI-enabled technologies used in the health and human services sector, using disaggregated data on affected populations and representative population data sets when developing new models, monitoring algorithmic performance against discrimination and bias in existing models, and helping to identify and mitigate discrimination and bias in current systems.”
Therefore, the order aims to require that AI tools driving policy in Health and Human Services must have radical left, racial identitarian “equity principles” essentially baked into the program.
As Christopher Rufo of The Manhattan Institute’s City Journal observed via X, “President Biden has signed an executive order that will require AI companies to “address algorithmic discrimination” and “ensure that AI advances equity.” They want to embed the principles of CRT and DEI into every aspect of AI.”
President Biden has signed an executive order that will require AI companies to "address algorithmic discrimination" and "ensure that AI advances equity." They want to embed the principles of CRT and DEI into every aspect of AI. pic.twitter.com/30L8soHk6q
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 31, 2023
Within the text of the Executive Order are several further references to “equity,” (which appears in the text 9 times) “gender policy,” (makes one appearance) “discrimination,” (appears 25 times), and “bias” (also 9 times).
In part, these included imposing federal “standards” on AI developers;
- “It is necessary to hold those developing and deploying AI accountable to standards that protect against unlawful discrimination and abuse, including in the justice system and the Federal Government. Only then can Americans trust AI to advance civil rights, civil liberties, equity, and justice for all.”
Federal hiring practices;
- “Within 45 days of the date of this order, to plan a national surge in AI talent in the Federal Government, the Director of OSTP and the Director of OMB, in consultation with the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, the Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor, and the Assistant to the President and Director of the Gender Policy Council, shall identify priority mission areas for increased Federal Government AI talent”
And so-called ‘Consumer protection laws;’
- The Federal Government will enforce existing consumer protection laws and principles and enact appropriate safeguards against fraud, unintended bias, discrimination, infringements on privacy, and other harms from AI.
Overall the directive requires,
“To advance equity and civil rights, consistent with the directives of Executive Order 14091, and in addition to complying with the guidance on Federal Government use of AI issued pursuant to section 10.1(b) of this order, agencies shall use their respective civil rights and civil liberties offices and authorities — as appropriate and consistent with applicable law — to prevent and address unlawful discrimination and other harms that result from uses of AI in Federal Government programs and benefits administration.”
The White House attempts to justify the order by stating, “From hiring to housing to healthcare, we have seen what happens when AI use deepens discrimination and bias, rather than improving quality of life,” potentially referencing algorithmic manipulation of social media. The EO further states, “Artificial Intelligence systems deployed irresponsibly have reproduced and intensified existing inequities, caused new types of harmful discrimination, and exacerbated online and physical harms.”
Conspicuously absent from the order is any reference to algorithmically powered but very much government-driven censorship which is currently being adjudicated in Missouri V. Biden.
The case covering the collusion between the Biden Administration and social media giants to control the political narrative of the nation is set to be heard during the next session of the Supreme Court. The omission of politically driven censorship, (the word ‘censorship’ or ‘censor’ appear ZERO times) suggests that the Administration may not be interested in eliminating the biases imposed upon AI either intentionally or inadvertently by its developers, but rather directing them along the left’s warped identitarian visions of race and gender.