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ICYMI: Kelly, Hurd Call for Creation of National AI Strategy

Sep 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) introduced a resolution calling for the creation of a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy. This long awaited resolution received support from across the tech community, including IBM, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Equal AI, Nvidia, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Bipartisan Policy Center Action, among others. 

“American ongoing and future leadership in AI will be based on today’s policies and investments. We need a real and actionable comprehensive plan, as this resolution calls for, to engage all levers of national power to create and preserve American AI superiority,” said Kelly. “I’m glad to have so many colleagues, experts and advocates standing with us in this call for a comprehensive national AI strategy.”

“We are proud to have the support of so many members of congress and members of the tech community. America leads the world in innovation, but to keep up we must embrace AI in the government, private sector and education. 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,” said Hurd. 

IBM’s Co-Director of the IBM Policy Lab Ryan Hagemann said, “IBM applauds Reps. Hurd and Kelly for their diligent and bipartisan work over the past year creating the AI National Strategy Resolution. Their commitment to better understanding the technology through a multistakeholder initiative resulted in a comprehensive bill that we are pleased to support because of its focus on the ethical advancement of AI, training a workforce with the right skills, and advancing U.S. competitiveness in emerging technology.”

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Government Affairs Frederick Humphries voiced support via twitter.  

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Government Affairs Frederick Humphries

Swami Sivasubramanian, VP, Amazon AI, AWS, said, “Advancing AI research and development is essential to ensuring American leadership in AI, which will have profound impacts on society, the economy, and national security. We commend Reps. Will Hurd and Robin Kelly for introducing the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy to advance the nation’s commitment.”

President and CEO of EqualAI Miriam Vogel said, “As we take on a battle on multiple fronts—fighting against COVID, against discrimination and to continue to lead in the AI economy of the future— we must ensure the US is up to the task. The thoughtful leadership behind the National AI Strategy is exactly the bi-partisan, comprehensive and strategic action necessary to ensure we are victorious on each of these fronts. EqualAI was grateful to participate in the collaborative process Representatives Hurd and Kelly employed to draft this Resolution, with the capable partners at the BPC. The potential of AI is breathtaking, and this Resolution can help ensure that our AI systems are more impactful and successful in the innovations and economic advantages we can realize when designed by and for a broader cross-section of the population.”

VP of government affairs at NVIDIA Ned Finkle said, “AI is the most powerful technology force of our time, with the potential to reshape industries, improve productivity and boost national prosperity. But the requirements for AI are steep -- it requires staggering amounts of data, specialized training, and massive computational resources. With this resolution, Representatives Hurd and Kelly are presenting a solid framework for urgently-needed investments in computing power, workforce training, AI curriculum development, and data resources. We applaud the legislation, and their deliberative process in concert with the Bipartisan Policy Center.”

The Computer & Communications Industry Association President Matt Schruers said, “CCIA commends Reps. Hurd and Kelly for their bipartisan leadership on an area that will be the backbone of innovation and economic growth for the next century. We look forward to working with policymakers to ensure that artificial intelligence can play a valuable role in transforming the future of work and strengthening the economy.” 

The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a press release outlining their support for the resolution. Including a quote from BPC President Jason Grumet. “To ensure the United States remains a global leader in technology, we must embrace AI while protecting our civil liberties, modernizing our workforce and education programs, and investing more in R&D. While the Obama and Trump administrations have made significant strides in advancing AI, Congress will play a vital role in shaping the development of AI and the need to set AI policy and funding priorities.”

CEO of Susan Gonzales said, “This resolution is a first step to creating a more Inclusive AI Ecosystem. Acknowledging AI’s impact on marginalized communities of color is critical. AI is a tsunami and our communities are not prepared.” 

The full text of the resolution is available here.

The white papers are available below: 

·         Workforce

·         National Security

·         Research and Development

·         Ethics

The introduction of the AI resolution comes just days after the passage of another bill Hurd and Kelly shepherded through the House, which would help secure the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require all IoT devices purchased by the U.S. government meet certain minimum security requirements. This would result in greater security for the personal data and information of Americans and federal agencies. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) are spearheading the effort to push the bill through the Senate.


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