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White House Forms New Select Committee to Coordinate Federal AI R&D Initiatives

The White House has created a select committee on artificial intelligence that will operate as part of the National Science and Technology Council.

The establishment of the new committee comes as the Trump administration makes AI as a research-and-development priority and works to maintain the country’s technological leadership, the White House said Monday in a summary report of the AI for American Industry summit.

The panel will advise the administration on interagency R&D priorities related to AI; consider the formation of federal partnerships with academia and industry; set up structures to build up government coordination and planning related to AI R&D efforts; and determine opportunities on how to use federal computational resources and data in support of the country’s AI R&D ecosystem.

The select committee will be led by senior R&D officials from several agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The committee “will align interagency R&D priorities and improve planning and coordination of federal AI investments,” Michael Kratsios, deputy assistant to the president for technology policy, said at the event.

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