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White House launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on January 12 established the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, further accelerating its efforts to ensure America’s leadership in this critical field for years to come. The office is charged with overseeing and implementing the United States national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy and will serve as the central hub for federal coordination and collaboration in AI research and policymaking across the government, as well as with private sector, academia, and other stakeholders.

The National AI Initiative Office is established in accordance with the recently passed National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020. Demonstrating strong bipartisan support for the Administration’s longstanding effort, the Act also codified into law and expanded many existing AI policies and initiatives at the White House and throughout the Federal Government:

* The American AI Initiative, which was established via Executive Order 13859, identified five key lines of effort that are now codified into law. These efforts include increasing AI research investment, unleashing Federal AI computing and data resources, setting AI technical standards, building America’s AI workforce, and engaging with our international allies.

* The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, launched by the White House in 2018 to coordinate Federal AI efforts, is being expanded and made permanent, and will serve as the senior interagency body referenced in the Act that is responsible for overseeing the National AI Initiative.

* The National AI Research Institutes announced by the White House and the National Science Foundation in 2020 were codified into law. These collaborative research and education institutes will focus on a range of AI R&D areas, such as machine learning, synthetic manufacturing, precision agriculture, and extreme weather prediction.

* Regular updates to the national AI R&D strategic plan, which were initiated by the White House in 2019, are codified into law.

* Critical AI technical standards activities directed by the White House in 2019 are expanded to include an AI risk assessment framework.

* The prioritization of AI related data, cloud, and high-performance computing directed by the White House in 2019 are expanded to include a plan for a National AI Research Resource providing compute resources and datasets for AI research.

* An annual AI budget rollup of Federal AI R&D investments directed as part of the American AI Initiative is codified and made permanent to ensure that the balance of AI funding is sufficient to meet the goals and priorities of the National AI Initiative.

In addition, the bipartisan Industries of the Future Act recently passed by Congress requires a plan to double federal AI R&D investment, codifying President Trump’s 2021 budget proposal.

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