Publicado: Lun, May 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

White House to Create Artificial Intelligence Task Force

White House to Create Artificial Intelligence Task Force

Creation of the AI committee was the biggest news to emerge from Thursday's White House AI "summit" meeting.

At a White House summit that included companies like Alphabet's Google, Facebook and, technology policy advisor Michael Kratsios said the administration of President Donald Trump did not want to dictate "what is researched and developed".

The Trump administration is forming a new committee that it hopes will help foster more research and development in artificial intelligence to maintain US leadership in the field. Tech companies and their trade groups applauded the administration's increased focus on AI.

According to the charter of the committee, these include the undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology from the Department of Commerce, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering at the Department of Defense, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the undersecretary of energy for science within the Department of Energy, the director of the National Science Foundation, and the director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency.

But, he said, "other countries are organized, and organizing right now, around AI and how it's going to change the future of work and the economy".

"In the private sector, we will not dictate what is researched and developed".

While the Obama administration also warned against a rush to add regulations on AI, it had called for assurances that AI "systems will operate safely and securely, in a controlled, well-defined, and well-understood manner".

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The technology industry has welcomed the news.

Kratsios said a new committee is being formed that will coordinate AI investments across federal agencies, including research related to autonomous systems, biometric identification, computer vision and robotics. "To realize the full potential of AI for the American people, it will require the combined efforts of industry, academia, and government". Trump has yet to appoint an assistant to the president for science and technology policy, who traditionally oversees the OSTP and NSTC. "Meanwhile, the USA disbanded its AI taskforce in 2016".

Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council (a lobbying group for major tech firms) said that the move would be "broadly beneficial" to Americans, adding that the committee is "a great first step to forge better collaboration between industry, government, and academia".

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A year ago, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin brushed aside concerns about AI displacing jobs, saying that prospect was so far in the future that "it's not even on my radar screen".

In his speech, Kratsios also addressed a long-time policy concern that AI will destroy jobs without creating replacements in the same places or for those with similar skills.

"This is not a call for a swarm of new laws and regulations", Krzanich said.

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