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White House to Release New AI Research Plan in 2019

The Trump administration plans to release a revised version of the 2016 National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan in the spring, FCW.com reports.

Lynne Parker, assistant director of AI at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the plan will detail federal government procedures on tracking the progress of its AI programs, during an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event Tuesday. Parker’s announcement follows the release of a Center for Data Innovation report called "Why the United States Needs a National Artificial Intelligence Strategy and What It Should Look Like."

The report, authored by the nonprofit research institute’s Senior Policy Analyst Joshua New, recommended the White House foster AI-focused efforts among federal and state-level chief information officers. New said the Department of Defense needs to leverage partnerships with the private sector, enhance collaboration among agencies and systematize agency-wide procurement processes for AI technologies. He added that while the U.S. has taken competitive steps, it still “lacks a comprehensive strategy to proactively spur the development and adoption of AI” unlike countries such as China, France and the U.K.

The report covers six primary goals and 40 recommendations to Congress on AI development and adoption.

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