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U.S. Tech Firms and Universities Back AI Research Platform Law

By Global Government Forum

July 9, 2020

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More than 20 major U.S. universities and technology companies have given their support to bipartisan legislation aimed at creating a national artificial intelligence (AI) research platform.

Companies including Google, IBM, and Microsoft, alongside Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins universities, signed a letter supporting the National AI Research Task Force Act, which was introduced to both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last month.

The legislation is intended to create a group of government scientists, academics, and industry professionals tasked with planning, creating, and funding a U.S. national AI research platform.

In a joint statement, Eric Schmidt, chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and former Google CEO, and Bob Work, co-chair of the commission, said the legislation would help establish a resource that would accelerate and strengthen AI research across the U.S.

"If realized, this infrastructure would democratize AI research and development outside of elite universities and big technology companies and further enable the application of AI approaches across scientific fields and disciplines," they said.

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