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White House Issues Update to 2016 National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan

The White House’s National Science and Technology Council released an update to the 2016 strategic plan for artificial intelligence research and development in support of the American AI Initiative that was launched through an executive order in February. The National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update retains the first seven priorities in the 2016 plan and adds a new strategy to expand public-private partnerships to accelerate advances in AI.

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OSTP, GSA Issue Report on Agencies’ Use of Prize Competitions; Kelvin Droegemeier Quoted

A joint report by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the General Services Administration shows that the number of federal agency-backed prize competitions listed on Challenge.gov has increased from 744 to 875 since the 2016 study, FCW reported Friday. The challenges authorized under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 have led to the emergence of startups and offered agencies a mass of examples to launch their own initiatives, according to the report.

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NASA to Support Space Resource Mining Projects

NASA seeks to mine resources on the moon and Mars in support of the space agency's wider exploration goals. The agency said Wednesday that it will deploy two robotic projects to support resource mining studies under Phase III of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program. Teams from Carnegie Mellon University and TransAstra will each receive $2 million for respective two-year projects.

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Draft Plan Outlines Shared, Community Actions to Implement Federal Data Strategy

The Office of Management and Budget and three other agencies released the draft action plan for the Federal Data Strategy to leverage data as a strategic asset. The document consists of 16 steps categorized into shared, community and agency-specific actions needed to implement the strategy.

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DARPA to Host Second Electronics Resurgence Workshop Summit

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency invites members of the electronics community to take part in an upcoming workshop event on microelectronics. The 2019 Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit will take place in Detroit, Mich., from July 15 to 17, DARPA said Friday. This would mark the ERI Summit's second consecutive iteration.

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NSF’s S&T Council Seeks Info for Quantum Information Science Policy, Strategy

A subcommittee within the National Science and Technology Council urges agencies to help sustain the country's spot as the world's frontrunner in quantum information science. NSTC's Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science seeks agency input regarding eight different questions on the scientific area as the council works to develop a QIS strategic overview, the National Science Foundation said Thursday in a Federal Register notice.

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Dawn Meyerriecks: CIA Eyes Industry Partnership to Advance Tech Adoption

Dawn Meyerriecks, deputy director of science and technology at the CIA, said the agency aims to be an “early adopter” and partner to industry when it comes to new commercial technology platforms, FCW reported Thursday. She pointed to budget constraints and China’s increased focus on tech research and development as some of the factors that have altered the way the CIA explores new tech capabilities. 

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DARPA Taps CMU to Develop Noninvasive Brain Interface

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $19.4 million grant to Carnegie Mellon University for the design of a wearable neural interface. The university said Friday it will design the noninvasive device to record and stimulate neural dynamic activity as part of DARPA's next-generation-nonsurgical-neurotechnology program.

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USAF-MIT R&D Partnership to Tackle AI Tech

The U.S. Air Force has contracted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to perform research and development on artificial intelligence technologies. The institute will work with 11 selected airmen to study, develop and field AI technologies to address national security and real-world issues, USAF said Monday. The service branch will allot $15 million annually for the partnership.

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