White House Establishes National AI Initiative Office; Michael Kratsios Quoted

White House Establishes National AI Initiative Office; Michael Kratsios Quoted
Michael Kratsios, U.S. CTO

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has established the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, which will advance artificial intelligence research and policymaking across government, industry and academia, FedScoop reported Tuesday. 

“The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office will be integral to the federal government’s AI efforts for many years to come, serving as a central hub for national AI research and policy for the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem,” said Michael Kratsios, chief technology officer of the U.S. and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

The AI Initiative Office will supervise and implement the U.S. national AI strategy and will serve as the central hub for federal collaboration in AI research and policymaking across the government, as well as with the private sector, academia and other stakeholders.

The new office has been established in accordance with the recently passed National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020, which has expanded existing AI policies and initiatives at the White House and throughout the federal government, including The American AI Initiative. 

The National AI Initiative Act was passed as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The initiative will increase research investment, improve access to computing and data resources, set technical standards, build a workforce and engage with allies.

In addition, the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence was expanded to supervise the initiative, and the national AI research institutes and National AI Research and Development Strategic Plan were also codified.

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