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Three Lawmakers Suggest Ways for Federal Gov’t to Advance AI Development

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Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., said they believe the federal government will play a key role in pushing the development of artificial intelligence by ensuring access to data and education, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

“Let’s also make sure that whenever the federal government is doing research and has data, that that information is available for everybody to use so that you don’t have to be a large business or corporation … to take advantage of artificial intelligence and the data you need in order to do that,” said Hurd, a two-time Wash100 Award recipient.

McNerney called on the government to promote ethical AI development by establishing national standards for data used for training AI algorithms. 

“We need to have a test facility to test algorithms so that we can understand what bias is going into artificial intelligence,” McNerney added.

Kelly recommended that the government provide historically black colleges and universities more access to opportunities when it comes to AI research.