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Select Committee Offers Recommendations for Using Cloud to Help Advance AI Research

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The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has issued a report outlining four recommendations for how the federal government can help improve the use of cloud computing resources in support of federally funded research-and-development work on AI, Nextgov reported Thursday.

Those recommendations are launching and supporting pilot projects to explore the challenges and advantages related to the use of commercial cloud platforms in conducting AI research; improving training and education opportunities to help researchers better use cloud resources for AI research; cataloging best practices in identity management and single-sign-on strategies to facilitate effective use of commercial clouds for AI-related R&D work; and establishing and publishing best practices for the seamless use of cloud services for AI. 

For the first recommendation, the committee listed several pilot projects at federal agencies that seek to identify the challenges and benefits of using commercial clouds in performing AI research. Those include the Joint Common Foundation (JCF) of the Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center (JAIC) and the Department of Transportation’s Secure Data Commons

The White House created the select committee as part of the National Science and Technology Council in May 2018 to advise the administration on interagency R&D priorities related to AI and determine opportunities on how to use federal computational resources and data in support of the country’s AI R&D ecosystem, among others.