NIST Holds Workshop for AI Standards Development Effort; Walter Copan Quoted

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Walter Copan

The National Institute of Standards and Technology conducted a workshop Thursday to determine the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence as it works to develop technical standards for AI in accordance with an executive order issued in February, Federal News Network reported Friday. NIST Director Walter Copan said establishing AI technical standards seeks to reduce agencies’ threat vulnerabilities and establish public confidence in AI-based platforms.

“AI is already transforming so many aspects of our lives and it has the potential to do so much more,” Copan said. “We’re living in an environment where there’s concern, and so the standardization process, as well as the development of the appropriate tools, is an important initiative. We need to work together to ensure that we make the most of this technology while ensuring safety, privacy and security.”

NIST issued a request for information on its proposed AI standards plan on May 1 and moved to extend the deadline for public feedback to June 10.

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