CSET’s Steph Batalis shared her expert insights in an op-ed published in Foreign Policy. In her piece, she discusses the potential misuse of artificial intelligence chatbots in providing instructions for the construction of biological weapons. Batalis suggests several approaches to address this issue, including considering the accessibility of scientific knowledge beyond chatbots, refining publication policies for dual-use research, and implementing tighter screening requirements for custom DNA orders. The recent executive order on AI by U.S. President Joe Biden, which includes a DNA screening requirement for federally funded research, is seen as a positive step.
Read the full op-ed in Foreign Policy.