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Scoop: Senators to unveil AI innovation bill

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Apr 18, 2024
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Sens. Maria Cantwell and Todd Young on Thursday will introduce a bill aimed at maintaining AI global leadership, a source familiar told Axios.

Why it matters: Foreign adversaries are investing heavily in the advancement of AI, and lawmakers are eager to stay competitive.

What's inside: The bipartisan Future of AI Innovation Act authorizes and formally establishes NIST's U.S. AI Safety Institute to promote the development of voluntary standards with the private sector.

  • The bill authorizes the AI Safety Institute to hire full-time staff and develop performance, transparency and evaluation standards of AI.

The bill also:

  • Creates testbeds between NIST, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the private sector to accelerate AI innovation.
  • Sets up challenges for researchers across the country to prioritize finding AI solutions.
  • Requires federal agencies to curate datasets for the public to accelerate new advancements in AI applications.
  • Forms a coalition with allies to cooperate on global standards and establishes research collaboration between scientific and academic institutions around the world.
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