The White House on Wednesday released a report on artificial intelligence (AI) and a National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan aimed addressing the state of AI and future plans.
Titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” the report surveys the current state of AI, its existing and potential applications, and the questions that progress in AI raise for society and public policy.
The report also makes recommendations for specific further actions. A companion National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan was also released, laying out a strategic plan for Federally-funded research and development in AI.
Publication of the report is the outcome of a series of public-outreach activities spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in 2016, which included five co-hosted public workshops held across the country, as well as a Request for Information (RFI) in June 2016 that received 161 responses.
Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence details several policy opportunities raised by AI, including how the technology can be used to advance social good and improve government operations; how to adapt regulations that affect AI technologies, such as automated vehicles, in a way that encourages innovation while protecting the public; how to ensure that AI applications are fair, safe, and governable; and how to develop a skilled and diverse AI workforce.
The Administration said it believes AI will continue contributing to economic growth and will be a valuable tool for improving the world in fields as diverse as health care, transportation, the environment, criminal justice, and economic inclusion, according to a blog post by Ed Felten, deputy U.S chief technology officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Terah Lyons, policy advisor to the U.S. CTO in the OSTP.
It also believes that it is “critical” that industry, civil society, and government work together to develop the positive aspects of the technology, manage its risks and challenges, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to help in building an AI-enhanced society and to participate in its benefits.