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White House Seeks Feedback on Artificial Intelligence Questions

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is requesting feedback from public stakeholders on the broad topic of “Artificial Intelligence (AI).” The OSTP’s formal Request for Information (RFI), published in the Federal Register on June 27, solicits comments (limited to 2,000 words) on the current and future needs for AI across all sectors. Responses are specifically requested on the following eleven AI topics:

  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;
  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); and
  11. any additional information related to AI research or policymaking, not requested above, that you believe OSTP should consider.

Additionally, the RFI formally notified the public of OSTP’s establishment of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on “Machine Learning and AI” to examine the state of things and develop a report to coordinate the Administration’s efforts.   This subcommittee was informally announced via White House press release in early May, and has since held a series of four broad workshops on AI. The NSTC is a Cabinet-level council and its subcommittees are interagency bodies not subject to public transparency requirements that govern normal federal advisory committees, so this RFI may serve as the only formal opportunity for members of the public to chime in prior to future publication of the report.

The ultimate goal is that the work of the NSTC Subcommittee on Machine Learning and AI could lead to increased use of these technologies to improve the delivery of government services. Despite the inherently inward focus on government, the subcommittee’s report could also potentially influence agencies that regulate and/or fund the private sector, thereby having some impact downstream on the private sector itself.

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