President Biden has invited the top developers of generative AI to Washington today to talk about safeguards for the potent technology in an effort to advance the government’s knowledge of and role in artificial intelligence.

Driving the news: Biden will urge companies developing generative AI, including Google, Microsoft, and others, to make sure their products are secure before releasing them to the general public.

Although it’s not on the agenda today, officials have even discussed involving the companies in self-policing the technology.
Why it’s important As AI advances, business executives and tech experts agree that legislation is urgently needed.

The U.S. has almost no AI-specific regulations on the books. The European Union is plowing ahead with a wide-ranging AI act.
Behind the scenes: Biden himself has experimented with ChatGPT and was fascinated by the tool, Axios has learned.

What’s happening: Vice President Harris will host today’s Roosevelt Room meeting with the CEOs of four top AI players — Sam Altman of OpenAI, Dario Amodei of Anthropic, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

Arati Prabhakar, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), said in the invitation, obtained by Axios’ Ashley Gold: “We aim to have a frank discussion of the risks we each see in current and near-term AI development, actions to mitigate those risks, and other ways we can work together to ensure the American people benefit from advances in AI while being protected from its harms.”