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Artificial intelligence task force launched by White House, National Science Foundation


June 15, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

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WASHINGTON. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have formed the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource Task Force, which is intended to craft the roadmap for expanding access to critical resources and educational tools that aim to spur AI innovation and economic prosperity across the U.S. 

OSTP and NSF launched the task force -- under the auspices of the previously signed 2020 National AI Initiative Act -- that also includes members from NIST, the U.S. Energy Department, and several major universities.

“America’s economic prosperity hinges on foundational investments in our technological leadership,” said Eric Lander, Science Advisor to the President and OSTP Director, in the task force announcement. “The National AI Research Resource will expand access to the resources and tools that fuel AI research and development, opening opportunities for bright minds from across America to pursue the next breakthroughs in science and technology.”

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan said of the launch: “NSF is delighted to co-chair the National AI Research Resource Task Force, which has the essential role of envisioning the research infrastructure that will drive future innovations in AI. By bringing together the nation’s foremost experts from academia, industry, and government, we will be able to chart an exciting and compelling path forward, ensuring long-term U.S. competitiveness in all fields of science and engineering and all sectors of our economy.”

The Task Force is expected to submit two reports to Congress that together will present a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan: one interim report in May 2022 and the final report in November 2022.

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