JAIC Prioritizing Warfighting Mission, Testing First Lethal Project: The DOD’s Joint AI Center is spending more on its Joint Warfighting Mission than all other missions combined, Acting Director of the JAIC Nand Mulchandani said in his first press conference since assuming leadership in June. This focus marks a shift away from the JAIC’s five other priorities, including humanitarian efforts and warfighter health. Mulchandani outlined two warfighting projects: one provides “cognitive assistance” by using natural language processing, the other links data across land, sea, air and cyber domains. The JAIC is also testing its first lethal AI project, described as the warfighting mission’s “flagship product,” although Mulchandani clarified the lethal product is not fully autonomous.
PCAST Recommends Increasing AI Funding to $10B: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology published their recommendations for strengthening U.S. leadership in Industries of the Future, including quantum, biotechnology and AI. The council suggested increasing non-defense AI funding ten-fold to $10 billion by 2030, leveraging partnerships with academia and industry and developing institutes to support collaboration between cutting-edge industries. PCAST also advocated for bolstering the workforce through attracting and retaining foreign and domestic STEM talent, creating new certifications and launching retraining initiatives for non-STEM workers.
Bill to Establish Presidential Advisory Committee on AI Introduced: Congressional AI Caucus co-chairs Reps. Olson and McNerney introduced legislation on July 9 establishing a presidential advisory committee on AI. The bipartisan FUTURE of AI Act requires the U.S. Chief Technology Officer to create a group to study questions and advise the CTO on a range of matters relating to AI. The committee would consist of 19 voting members from academia, industry, civil society and labor organizations, as well as non-voting members from the government.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
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