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White House OSTP Issues Annual Report on American AI Initiative

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released an annual report detailing the steps taken to implement the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative launched in February 2019 through an executive order.

The initiative calls for federal investments in AI research and development. To implement the policy, the administration updated its strategic plan for AI-related R&D efforts, came up with the 2016–2019 progress report on the advancement of R&D work on AI and the fiscal year 2021 budget proposal to double the amount of non-defense R&D spending on AI by FY 2022.

Another key policy of the initiative is to unleash AI resources. In support of the effort, the Office of Management and Budget released in December the final draft of the Federal Data Strategy to outline best practices and principles concerning data use and management.

OSTP also cited other measures the administration has carried out to further advance AI, including the issuance of the proposed AI regulatory principles, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s launch of a strategy for federal engagement in the development of AI technical standards and establishment of an AI-focused center of excellence by the General Services Administration.