Google Pushes Staff Researchers to Stay Positive on Sensitive Topics: According to a Reuters report, Google has launched “sensitive topics” reviews of internal research and, in at least three instances, has directed researchers to avoid critiquing Google technology. The internal documents reviewed by Reuters direct Google researchers to consult with legal, policy and public relations representatives before researching AI subjects such as face and sentiment analysis and demographic categorization. Several researchers said these policies interfere with their ability to conduct crucial research. Margaret Mitchell, a senior AI scientist, told Reuters that Google’s tightening restrictions were “getting into a serious problem of censorship.” The Reuters report comes on the heels of the public split between Google and its star AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru, who says she was pushed out for criticizing Google management over its treatment of women and minority employees and its handling of a paper she had co-written.
An additional $5 million above the president’s request for JAIC operational systems development;
An additional $5 million above the president’s request for foundational AI research;
A requirement that JAIC inventory all AI programs at DOD; and
An additional $65.5 million for Army AI research and development.
The measure also included a final FY2021 Intelligence Authorization Act, which:
Authorizes the Director of National Intelligence to award up to $15 million in contracts or grants to support microelectronics research; and
Requires an assessment of critical trends in emerging technology, semiconductor supply chains, U.S. partner nation export controls and opportunities for greater export control collaboration in areas related to emerging technology.
The National AI Initiative Act, which directs the president to establish a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative to support U.S. leadership in AI. The measure authorizes approximately $5 billion for National Science Foundation AI research and education grants, as well as more than $1 billion for Department of Energy AI research.
Provisions from the CHIPS for America Act to support the development and production of semiconductors in the United States. The included provisions authorize financial incentives for the construction of semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the United States, direct DOD to establish a public-private consortium for the development of chips. They also authorize a fund to advance microelectronics research with allies and partners, provided those partners maintain export licensing policies on semiconductor technology exports to China equivalent to U.S. policies.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
PRC Press Conference:Transcript of the National Development and Reform Commission October Press Conference. A translation of a short excerpt from the transcript of the October 20, 2020 PRC National Development and Reform Commission press conference. In response to a question from a reporter about failed projects to upgrade China’s microchip industry, the NDRC spokeswoman acknowledges that in the rush to develop the industry, many local governments in China have funded poorly thought-out projects led by incompetent companies. The spokeswoman proposes four measures to mitigate this problem.
Private Sector and PRC Defense S&T: CSET has translated five Chinese regulations governing the participation of private companies and private investors in the PRC defense science and technology industry, traditionally the exclusive domain of state-owned conglomerates. The regulations were issued between 2007 and 2014.
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