Bipartisan National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 Introduce in the House of Representatives

Apr 6, 2020

by ASME.org

Last month, key members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology including Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced H.R. 6216, a bill to establish a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative. The bipartisan initiative comes at a time when the White House is showing significant backing of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI). The purpose of the bill is to ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI research and development (R&D), allow for the creating of trustworthy AI systems in the United States, and prepare the U.S. workforce for the integration of AI across all sectors of society.
 
The bill would establish a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, to which the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) would appoint a Director. The Director’s responsibilities will include serving as the point of contact on all Federal artificial intelligence activities, including coordinating Federal AI activities within the government and with industry, academia, nonprofit organizations, and professional societies. The bill would also establish an Interagency Committee with representatives from across Federal agencies.
 
The bill would facilitate new public-private partnerships in research, standards, and education in AI by creating a network of AI institutes, coordinated through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Much like the Manufacturing USA Institutes led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), these AI institutes would allow any Federal department of agency to participate and create partnerships between the academia and the public and private sectors to accelerate AI focused research. More information on what the bill continues can be found in the legislative summary released by the bill Sponsors. 
 
The bill also shares many similarities to Senate bill S.1558, the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act, which was first introduced almost a year prior and previously reported on in ASME Capitol Update.
 
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