A bipartisan group of U.S. House members are sponsoring creation of a national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI). The resolution lists 78 recommendations on R&D spending, workforce training, streamlined immigration for experts, and ethical issues. It is the result of nearly a year of stakeholder meetings and appears to take on a comprehensive view of many of the important aspects for how the U.S. should manage the adoption and use of this technology.
Why is a national strategy important for AI when we've not had one for other technologies? The potential is dramatically different for AI to support a more complete transformation of how we make decisions. When combined with machine learning, 'the machine' can ingest, analyze, and make recommendations far faster and more comprehensively than any human being. That means it's also easier to make more dramatic and impactful mistakes. Humans will be the ultimate decision-makers using AI 'assistance', but it will be with far different information and perspectives than we've ever had before. We need to get people trained and ready for this new world of options analysis and decision-making.
And perhaps the final reason for a national strategy - nearly every other technologically advanced country has one or is nearing completion of one. The U.S. is less likely to be able to 'keep up' with either friends or foes if we let our AI development happen largely organically.
"America leads the world in innovation, but to keep up we must embrace AI in the government, private sector and education,” Hurd said in the announcement Wednesday. “This means preparing America’s workforce, countering our adversaries’ commitment to AI, investing in R&D and shaping the ethical guidelines and rules of AI based on America’s values, not that of an authoritarian regime, like Russia or China.”