National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Becomes Law in FY2021 NDAA
ASME advocated for the passage of the bill, including issuing three Position Statements urging Congress to include and enact the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act in the FY2021 NDAA:
- Letter of Support for National AI Research Initiative (PS20-12)
- Open AI Stakeholder Coalition Letter (PS20-16)
- FY2021 CNSR NDAA Conference Priorities Letter (PS20-14)
House Science and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) issued a statement on the passage of the bill, asserting that “The passage of the National AI Initiative Act sends a signal to both our allies and adversaries that the United States will continue to be a global leader in the development and adoption of trustworthy artificial intelligence. This legislation will create a broad national strategy to accelerate our investments in the responsible research and development of this critical technology, and the education and training of an AI workforce in the United States. Technological progress does not have to come at the expense of safety, security, fairness, or transparency. In fact, embedding our values in technology development is central to our economic competitiveness and national security.”
For more information or to read the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative Act in its entirety, please find “DIVISION E--NATIONAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INITIATIVE ACT OF 2020” in the final text of the NDAA.