National Institute of Standards Releases Roadmap Detailing how Federal Government Should Develop Artificial Intelligence Standards

Aug 16, 2019

by ASME.org

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released a new plan detailing how the federal government should prioritize agency engagement in the development of standards for artificial intelligence (AI).

In February of this year, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO 13859), directing federal agencies to do what it takes to ensure the U.S. maintains its global hegemonic position as a leader in AI. Through this EO, NIST was instructed to develop “a plan for Federal engagement in the development of technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies.”

In response, NIST has released this new plan, in which it identified nine areas of focus for AI standards: concepts and terminology; data and knowledge; human interactions; metrics; networking; performance testing and reporting methodology; safety; risk management; and trustworthiness. The plan has also identified four key priorities around which AI standards development should focus:
  • Bolster AI standards-related knowledge, leadership, and coordination among Federal agencies to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Promote focused research to advance and accelerate broader exploration and understanding of how aspects of trustworthiness can be practically incorporated within standards and standards-related tools.
  • Support and expand public-private partnerships to develop and use AI standards and related tools to advance reliable, robust, and trustworthy AI.
  • Strategically engage with international parties to advance AI standards for U.S. economic and national security needs.
For further information, and to view the plan in full, click here: https://www.nist.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2019/08/10/ai_standards_fedengagement_plan_9aug2019.pdf
To view EO 13859 in full, click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/02/14/2019-02544/maintaining-american-leadership-in-artificial-intelligence