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NIST Launches AI Safety Consortium

NIST Launches AI Safety Consortium

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is calling for participants in a new consortium supporting development of innovative methods for evaluating the safety of artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The consortium is a core element of the new NIST-led U.S. AI Safety Institute and part of NIST’s response to the recently released Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of AI.

“The U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium will enable close collaboration among government agencies, companies and impacted communities to help ensure that AI systems are safe and trustworthy,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Laurie E. Locascio. “Together we can develop ways to test and evaluate AI systems so that we can benefit from AI’s potential while also protecting safety and privacy.”

The U.S. AI Safety Institute will partner with other U.S. government agencies on evaluating AI capabilities, limitations, risks and impacts and coordinate on building testbeds. The institute will also work with organizations in ally and partner countries to share best practices, align capability evaluation, and red-team guidance and benchmarks. NIST is soliciting responses from all organizations with relevant expertise and capabilities to enter into a consortium cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to support and demonstrate pathways to enable safe and trustworthy AI. Members would be expected to contribute:
  • Expertise in one or more of several specific areas, including AI metrology, responsible AI, AI system design and development, human-AI teaming and interaction, socio-technical methodologies, AI explainability and interpretability, and economic analysis;
  • Models, data and/or products to support and demonstrate pathways to enable safe and trustworthy AI systems through the AI RMF; 
  • Infrastructure support for consortium projects; and
  • Facility space and handling of hosting consortium researchers, workshops and conferences.
More details on NIST’s request for collaborators are available in the Federal Register.

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