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The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a new public working group on generative artificial intelligence (AI) that will build on the NIST AI Risk Management Framework to address this rapidly advancing technology.

The Public Working Group on Generative AI will help NIST develop key guidance to help organizations address the special risks associated with generative AI technologies. The group will draw upon volunteers, with technical experts from the private and public sectors, and will focus on risks related to this class of AI, which is driving fast-paced changes in technologies and marketplace offerings. 

“This new group is especially timely considering the unprecedented speed, scale and potential impact of generative AI and its potential to revolutionize many industries and society more broadly,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Laurie E. Locascio. “We want to identify and develop tools to better understand and manage those risks, and we hope to attract broad participation in this new group.” 

NIST has laid out short-term, midterm and long-term goals for the working group. Initially, it will serve as a vehicle for gathering input on guidance that describes how the NIST AI Risk Management Framework (AI RMF) may be used to support development of generative AI technologies. This type of guidance, called a profile, will support and encourage use of the AI RMF in addressing related risks. 

In the midterm, the working group will support NIST’s work on testing, evaluation and measurement related to generative AI.

Longer term, the group will explore specific opportunities to increase the likelihood that powerful generative AI technologies are productively used to address top challenges of our time in areas such as health, the environment and climate change. The group can help ensure that risks are addressed and managed before, during and after AI applications are developed and used. 

Those interested in joining the NIST Generative AI Public Working Group, which will be facilitated via a collaborative online workspace, should complete this registration form no later than July 9 2023.

Questions about the public working group or NIST’s other work relating to generative AI may be sent to:

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