The Government Wants To Hear From You About AI

Yesterday the Federal Register published a Request for Information (RFI) from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  The RFI is part of the ongoing White House Initiative on the Future of Artificial Intelligence, which includes an ongoing series of workshops (the latest was today in Pittsburgh, and another is scheduled for July 7 in New York City).  The OSTP is asking for comments between now and July 22.

The RFI is open-ended, but the document lists 10 different topics that are of particular interest around artificial intelligence (AI):

(1) The legal and governance implications of AI;
(2) the use of AI for public good;
(3) the safety and control issues for AI;
(4) the social and economic implications of AI;
(5) the most pressing, fundamental questions in AI research, common to most or all scientific fields;
(6) the most important research gaps in AI that must be addressed to advance this field and benefit the public;
(7) the scientific and technical training that will be needed to take advantage of harnessing the potential of AI technology, and the challenges faced by institutions of higher education in retaining faculty and responding to explosive growth in student enrollment in AI-related courses and courses of study;
(8) the specific steps that could be taken by the federal government, research institutes, universities, and philanthropies to encourage multi-disciplinary AI research;
(9) specific training data sets that can accelerate the development of AI and its application; and
(10) the role that “market shaping” approaches such as incentive prizes and Advanced Market Commitments can play in accelerating the development of applications of AI to address societal needs, such as accelerated training for low and moderate income workers (see https://www.usaid.gov/cii/market-shaping-primer).

The main goal of the White House initiative is to identify and pursue opportunities for using AI to support the provision of government services.  So if you can tailor your submissions to account for this, it might boost your chances of getting attention.  Either way, you will have to limit your submissions to 2,000 words or less.  And submit those comments by July 22.

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