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Kelvin Droegemeier: Research Initiatives Needed to Drive Progress in AI

Kelvin Droegemeier, the Trump administration’s new science adviser, said during the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting that fostering artificial intelligence research will drive progress in the field, Geek Wire reported Friday.

Droegemeier, newly appointed director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, added that AI research must assess future demands and capabilities that can “supercharge progress” in the field.

“Getting a handle on this as a portfolio is a real challenge, but in my view, if we’re able to do that; it will really help us think about how to strategically invest and move forward,” he noted.

Droegemeier has called for a periodic assessments of U.S. research and development efforts including those done by the government, academe, industry and non-profit sectors. He also proposed addressing harassment issues faced by research entities and intends to create a network of “Alpha Institutes” to work on issues such as space exploration, climate change and disease eradication.

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