United States and European Union Form Transatlantic Tech Council: Last week, the United States and the European Union announced the creation of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), a joint effort to reduce trade barriers, align regulatory standards and counter China. According to the statement released after the joint U.S.-EU summit in Brussels, the TTC will include 10 working groups focusing on issues such as standards cooperation (including on AI and other emerging technologies), data governance, investment screening, and strengthening critical supply chains. The TTC was initially proposed by the European Commission late last year as part of a broader push for transatlantic cooperation in the wake of President Biden’s election (see our coverage of the proposal here). The TTC will reportedly be co-chaired by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
White House Launches AI Task Force: The National Science Foundation and the Office of Science and Technology Policy have announced the launch of the AI Research Resource Task Force. Comprising a dozen technical experts from government, private companies and academia, the task force will create a roadmap for the National AI Research Resource: “a shared research infrastructure” meant to provide computing power, open government and non-government datasets, and educational tools to students and AI researchers, according to the White House’s announcement. Both the task force and the NAIRR were mandated as part of the National AI Initiative Act, which was passed as part of the FY2021 NDAA. That act also established the National AI Initiative Office, whose director, Lynne Parker, will co-chair the task force. The NAIRR task force will deliver an interim report to Congress in May 2022 and a final report in November 2022.
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