Rep. Stefanik introduces legislation to develop commission to review artificial intelligence

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Wednesday, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R- NY-21) helped to introduced the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Act of 2018.

Stefanik is a member of the House Armed Services Committee; she also serves as chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

According to a representative from Stefanik’s office, the new legislation would create an independent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

AI is the ability for computers and machines to learn, without explicitly being programed.

“Artificial Intelligence is a constantly developing technology that will likely touch every aspect of our lives. AI has already produced many things in use today, including web search, object recognition in photos or videos, prediction models, self-driving cars, and automated robotics. It is critical to our national security but also to the development of our broader economy that the United States becomes the global leader in further developing this cutting edge technology. This legislation I have introduced today will develop a commission to review advances in AI, identify our nation’s AI needs and make actionable recommendations of what direction we need to take. I look forward to advocating for this approach during the NDAA process this year,” said Stefanik

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Act of 2018 will create an independent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

Specifically, the commission will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive and national-level review of advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and associated technologies for the President of the United States and Congress.
  • Address and identify the national security needs of the Nation with respect to AI, including economic risk, and other needs for the common defense of the Nation.
  • Provide near-term actionable recommendations to the President and the Congress, including ways to more effectively organize the Federal Government for AI.
  • Provide annual and actionable recommendations thereafter to our government through 2020.

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