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November 06, 2019

Artificial Intel: Time Is Not On America’s Side

By Martijn Rasser

The United States reached a crucial milestone on its road to crafting a true national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) this week. On Monday, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) submitted its interim report to Congress. Its mandate is important and wide-ranging: it must consider every way possible to further the development of AI, machine learning and related technologies for U.S. national security and defense needs.

There is a lot to like in this document. The commission identified five lines of effort that the U.S. government should focus on: R&D investments; national security applications of AI, training and recruiting AI talent; protecting and building upon U.S. technical advantages; and promoting global AI cooperation. Underpinning these areas of focus is the clear-eyed recognition that the United States is in a strategic competition with Russia and China, and that AI lies at its center.

The commissioners are further guided by seven consensus principles that are rooted in the need for American leadership, a whole-of-society approach to developing and applying AI, investing in human capital, and underscoring the fundamental importance of American values for any use of AI by the United States.

Read the full article in Breaking Defense.

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