US Commerce Department Launches National AI Advisory Committee

Commerce Dept Launches AI Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Commerce has put together a committee to advise President Joe Biden and other federal agencies on issues related to artificial intelligence (AI), according to a press release.

The committee — dubbed the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) — will attempt to recruit “top-level candidates,” the release stated. The Commerce Department is also looking to fill out the Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement.

The NAIAC was established as part of the National AI Initiative Act of 2020 and its charge is to give recommendations on U.S. AI competitiveness, workforce equity, funding, research and development, international cooperation, legal issues and more, according to the release.

“We have seen major advances in the design, development and use of AI, especially in the past several years,” said White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander in the release. “We must be sure that these advances are matched by similar progress in ensuring that AI is trustworthy and that it ensures fairness and protections for civil rights.”

The AI advisory committee will include members from academia, industry, nonprofits and federal laboratories, the release stated. The National Institute of Standards and Technology will offer administrative support to the committee.

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