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Commerce Department Forms AI Safety Institute Consortium

The Department of Commerce has formed a consortium comprising more than 200 artificial intelligence developers and researchers from government, industry and academia to help create standards for the development and use of trustworthy AI technologies.

The U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium includes companies such as Accenture (NYSE: ACN), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hitachi Vantara Federal, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Keysight Technologies, Palantir, RAND Corporation and Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC), DOC said Thursday.

“Together, we are able to join forces with visionary leaders and organizations, sharing our expertise and resources in AI to drive meaningful impact, innovation and safety,” Gary Hix, chief technology officer at Hitachi Vantara Federal, said in a separate announcement. “This consortium embodies our commitment to collaboration, pushing boundaries and powering good for government and society

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the consortium will work to confront the challenges in developing the standards necessary to maintain U.S. competitiveness in responsible AI use.

The new consortium is housed under the U.S. AI Safety Institute at the National Institute of Standards Technology and will help develop guidelines for AI red-teaming, risk management, safety and security and watermarking synthetic content.

“To keep pace with AI, we have to move fast and make sure everyone – from the government to the private sector to academia – is rowing in the same direction,” said White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed.

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