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How Congress can help ensure US leadership in artificial intelligence

For example, the European Union has released its AI strategy with a focus on investing in its innovation ecosystem, developing talent, building a common data space in compliance with data principles, and developing ethics to create trust.

According to the EU Commission, “the ambition is then to bring Europe’s ethical approach to the global stage.” China, meanwhile, has emerged as a peer competitor to the United States in AI and has announced its intention to lead the world in AI by 2030, which poses a myriad of economic, human rights and security concerns.

While the government cannot, and should not, supplant the private sector for all R&D efforts, the government can play an essential part in funding areas where there are not sufficient private-sector incentives — such as basic research and AI safety, a critical, underfunded area.

Enabling high-skilled immigration comes with an a bonus for the American economy — according to a joint report by the American Enterprise Institute and the Partnership For A New American Economy, “An additional 100 foreign-born workers in STEM fields with advanced degrees from U.S. universities is associated with an additional 262 jobs among US natives.” Immigrants found one-quarter of startups in the United States.

As AI technology is introduced into the U.S. economy, from social media bots to self-driving cars, the United States will need a sensible approach to regulating applications of AI technology to avoid undue harm and public resistance to adoption.

it is the embodiment of a quintessentially American desire, rooted deeply in our history as explorers and trailblazers — to explore the unknown, to ask the difficult questions, to protect our citizens, and to create a better future for our children and ourselves.” By funding AI research, expanding the talent base, and creating conditions for safe development, Congress can ensure the United States does not explore in the dark.

U.S. Military Is Building Smarter Robots and Thinks Insects Might Be Key to New Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon's research wing is investigating how certain insects could provide a key to developing new technologies related to artificial intelligence.

In a research opportunity posted last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it was 'inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts exploring new computational frameworks and strategies drawn from the impressive computational capabilities of very small flying insects.'

The proposal, which will accept submissions until February 4, included a $1 million offer to a successful bidder capable of mapping out the insect's brain and its decision-making functions as part of the Artificial Intelligence Exploration program, which DARPA spokesperson Eric Butterbaugh told Air Force Magazine 'constitutes a series of high-risk, high-payoff projects where researchers will work to establish the feasibility of new AI concepts within 18 months of award.'

The document said that 'the United States will prioritize emerging technologies critical to economic growth and security, such as data science, encryption, autonomous technologies, gene editing, new materials, nanotechnology, advanced computing technologies, and artificial intelligence'—noting that 'From self-driving cars to autonomous weapons, the field of artificial intelligence, in particular, is progressing rapidly.'

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