The Role of U.S. Policy in Artificial Intelligence Technology

computer monitorsArtificial intelligence (AI) plays a growing role in the global and U.S. economy.  Beginning in February of 2018, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform conducted an evaluation to examine the role of the U.S. government in the development and regulation of AI.

In their report released this month, Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence and Its Growing Impact on U.S. Policy, the Subcommittee found that AI is still a relatively new technology that is undeniably affecting the U.S. economy and will continue to do so in the future. The report warns that AI has the potential to disrupt nearly “every sector of society” and U.S. leadership is necessary to avoid possible risks associated with privacy issues, data misuse, information bias, and malicious uses of AI.

Historically, the U.S. government has not played a notable role in the development and regulation of AI technology. The report suggests that the U.S. must engage more in the development of AI technologies to maintain global leadership and competitiveness. For the U.S. to maintain political leadership in the field of AI it is also necessary to support programs that increase workforce capacity and adaptation to emerging technologies. Finally, the report suggests that the U.S. government must take a role in regulating and shaping the use of AI in the future.

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