NSCAI Releases Interim Report and Recommendations: On October 13, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence submitted its 2020 Interim Report and Third Quarter Recommendations. Its 66 recommendations span three areas: preparing for international AI and emerging technology competition, expanding the domestic AI talent pipeline, and working with allies to build and sustain international AI cooperation. The commission proposed an Executive Order to advance AI technical standards through improved interagency coordination, new funding for NIST and collaboration with industry and allies. Additionally, the commission recommended new mechanisms for investing in AI talent, such as flexible awards for promising individuals and teams.
White House Releases Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies: On October 15, the White House published its National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies. Developed by the National Security Council, the strategy is framed as a response to Russia and China’s “state-directed models” of R&D. Its “market-oriented approach” is built around two “Pillars of Success.” The first, “Promote the National Security Base,” calls for developing the science and technology workforce and adopting “innovation-friendly regulations.” The second, “Protect Technology Advantage,” aims to deter intellectual property theft by foreign competitors. Observers noted that the high-level document contained few specific details and that the timing of the strategy’s release — less than three weeks before an election — may mean it gets overlooked.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
Science and Technology Spending Overview:2019 Nationwide Statistical Communiqué on Science and Technology Spending and Investment. This document, issued by three PRC ministries, provides statistics on Chinese technical R&D spending in 2019, broken down by industry and region. Although China’s R&D spending increased significantly across the board in 2019, product development — as opposed to basic or applied research — still accounts for more than 80% of it.
On October 19, CSET hosted a webinar, Using Crowd Forecasting to Inform Policy, featuring Founding Director Jason Matheny and moderated by Research Fellow Michael Page. The event coincided with the release of a new issue brief, Future Indices, by Page, Catherine Aiken and Dewey Murdick, which discusses how Foretell can inform policy by providing data on future trends.
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