Updated White House AI policy prioritizes public-private collaboration

The White House's update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, released June 21, not only expands upon the policies initially put forth by the Obama administration in 2016, but also emphasizes the importance of partnerships across industries and nations to further AI innovation.

The updated plan includes the seven strategies of the original plan, plus addendums from the Trump administration's National Science & Technology Council. Those strategies concern long-term investments in AI research; methods for human-AI collaboration; the ethical implications of AI; the security of AI systems; shared public datasets for AI training and testing; standards for the evaluation of AI systems; and the needs of the national AI research and development workforce.

The plan also introduces a new, eighth strategy: "Expand Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Advances in AI." This strategy outlines the benefits of fostering collaborations between the federal government and universities, industry partners, international allies and other non-federal groups. "In doing so, the U.S. government will capitalize on a uniquely American innovation ecosystem that has transformed nearly every aspect of the nation's economy and society over the last two decades through novel information technologies," the plan reads.

Read the entire updated national strategy for AI innovation here.

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