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  • The impact of artificial intelligence

    - Wat does artificial intelligence hold for the future of the USA? A strategic plan by the Executive Office of the President National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology suggests “An AI-enabled world demands a data-literate citizenry that is able to read, use, interpret, and communicate about data.”

    In a document called the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, the White House lays out a strategic plan for research and development that is funded at a Federal level. “Public- and privatesector investments in basic and applied R&D on AI have already begun reaping major benefits to the public in fields as diverse as health care, transportation, the environment, criminal justice, and economic inclusion.”

    According to the document AI has applications in numerous products. This does not only need thorough understanding, as well as regulation. “? In general, the approach to regulation of AI-enabled products to protect public safety should be informed by assessment of the aspects of risk that the addition of AI may reduce alongside the aspects of risk that it may increase.

    The advancement of AI is fueled by research and the development of a skilled and diverse workforce. To hold these at level, the government propes a plan for Federally funded research and development. “The plan discusses the role of Federal R&D, identifies areas of opportunity, and recommends ways to coordinate R&D to maximize benefit and build highly-trained workforce.”

    Demand for a data-literate citizenry

    The Executive Office of the President National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology notes that “the rapid growth of AI has dramatically increased the need for people with relevant skills to support and advance the field. An AI-enabled world demands a data-literate citizenry that is able to read, use, interpret, and communicate about data, and participate in policy debates about matters affected by AI.”

    “AI knowledge and education are increasingly emphasized in Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs. AI education is also a component of Computer Science for All, the President’s initiative to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need in a technologydriven world.”

    If the opportunites posed by artificial intelligence are exploited it holds “the potential to be a major driver of economic growth and social progress, if industry, civil society, government, and the public work together to support development of the technology with thoughtful attention to its potential and to managing its risks.”

    Wiser path forward

    “For the U.S. Government there are several roles in making this happen. It can convene conversations about important issues and help to set the agenda for public debate. It can monitor the safety and fairness of applications as they develop, and adapt regulatory frameworks to encourage innovation while protecting the public.”

    Furthermore “it can provide public policy tools to ensure that disruption in the means and methods of work enabled by AI increases productivity while avoiding negative economic consequences for certain sectors of the workforce. It can support basic research and the application of AI to public good. It can support development of a skilled, diverse workforce. And government can use AI itself to serve the public faster, more effectively, and at lower cost.”

    It is therefore needed, according to the U.S. Government that researcher continue to focus on the challenged posed by artificial intelligence. “Developing and studying machine intelligence can help us better understand and appreciate our human intelligence. Used thoughtfully, AI can augment our intelligence, helping us chart a better and wiser path forward.”

    Read the full document here