In-Depth: Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) introduced this bill to ensure that Congress is updated about advancements in artificial intelligence:
“New and emerging technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence are transforming businesses in every industry and sector. However, these technologies will also cause major disruptions in our labor forces. H.R. 6090 will provide us the data to continue to be a global leader in research and development and science and technology. Most importantly, it will provide Congress the data to diversify the federal R&D workforce and prepare America’s workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Of Note: On May 3, 2016, President Barack Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a “series of workshops and an interagency working group to learn more about the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence (AI).”
As part of the initiative, OSTP announced that it would co-host four public workshops and an inter-agency working group to study the benefits and risks of AI. The mission of the four workshops was “to spur public dialogue on AI and machine learning and identify challenges and opportunities related to this emerging technology.”
In addition, OSTP also announced the creation of a new National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (MLAI). The Subcommittee on MLAI was established by action of the NSTC, Committee on Technology (COT). According to the charter of the MLAI subcommittee, “the purpose of the MLAI is to monitor the state of art in machine learning and artificial intelligence (within the Federal Government, in the private sector, and internationally)…”
The AIR Act of 2018 will simply ensure that the Subcommittee on MLAI submits a report to Congress 120 days after the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter. This report will include the following components already existent in the charter of MLAI.
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