House approves plan to create AI strategy
- By Mark Rockwell
- Dec 09, 2020
The United States is a step closer to setting a national strategy to maintain its lead in artificial intelligence technologies.
On Dec. 8, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan nonbinding resolution to create an AI national strategy. The resolution was backed by Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) who have been pushing Congress for years for more money and resources for AI research and workforce development.
The resolution, said Hurd and Kelly in a joint statement, was crafted with input from industry experts and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). The resolution identifies workforce development, national security, research and development and ethical use as key to an AI strategy.
In the statement Hurd likened dominance in emerging technologies such as AI to a "new cold war" in which global leadership is crucial for the U.S. Hurd said it was important to keep the U.S. ahead of Russia and China.
"If we don't take advantage of AI, Mandarin and the yuan -- not English and the dollar -- could dominate the global economy. Vladimir Putin once said that whoever masters AI will master the world. That is why America -- not Russia and not China-- must be at the helm."
The approval of the measure will allow America to take advantage of AI technology "before it takes advantage of us" by setting a path for the next several decades, Hurd and Kelly said in a joint statement.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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