The Biden administration wants to know if your employer is using AI to track you. The White House issued a memo on Monday asking workers from all industries to give information on how automated tools and artificial intelligence are affecting their workplace, as reported earlier by Bloomberg.
The government is hoping input from the public will help guide it in regulating workplace practices that can “create serious risks to workers,” deputies from the White House Domestic Policy Council and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy wrote in a blog post.
The White House is concerned that such tracking can push workers to move too quickly and affect their mental well-being, which in turn poses significant safety risks to themselves and others. Additionally, using tools to monitor workers’ conversations could make it difficult for them to organize and collectively bargain, while other tracking tools might lead to discrimination in pay, promotion and discipline.
Amazon has long been at the forefront of using technology to track its warehouse workers, but the practice has expanded to other industries, including trucking, nursing, fast food and more. Amid a surge of new AI tools and services released in the past several months, experts have raised concerns about potential risks to society.