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NATO Announces AI Strategy and Billion Euro Innovation Fund: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced the adoption of a new AI strategy and the creation of a €1 billion “NATO Innovation Fund” to support emerging tech innovation. The full strategy has not been released, but a summary outlines its aims, including: developing responsible AI for the alliance’s defense, accelerating AI adoption and increasing interoperability, and defending against AI threats. The strategy also outlines six “Principles of Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence in Defence” — lawfulness, responsibility and accountability, explainability and traceability, reliability, governability, and bias mitigation — that the alliance’s members pledged to observe. The simultaneously-announced NATO Innovation Fund, meanwhile, will invest in “dual-use technologies of potential application to defence and security.” As Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained, the fund — together with NATO’s tech accelerator announced earlier this year — will help the alliance harness innovation from the private sector and incorporate emerging technologies into its arsenal.
Signs of Movement for Tech Competitiveness Bill Stuck in the Mud: With the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) bogged down in the House, its backers are looking for ways to kickstart its progress — or at least save some of its popular aspects. The bill, passed by the Senate in June, aims to bolster competitiveness with China by pouring more than $200 billion into U.S. R&D and high tech manufacturing, including $52 billion in incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing (for more details on the bill, see our June coverage). While the bill’s backers initially hoped the House would quickly follow in the Senate’s footsteps by passing its own version of the bill, those efforts stalled. Last month, Politico reported that some Senate Democrats had proposed rolling the $52 billion in chip funding into the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which has yet to come up for full Senate consideration. That attempt was apparently shot down by key USICA backers, including Sens. Young and Wicker. Now, Politico reports that momentum is building to conference various China competition bills in the House with the USICA in order to finally get the bill to President Biden’s desk. Talks are still in early stages, though, and it could be some time before they bear any fruit.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
Shanghai S&T Five-Year Plan:Shanghai Municipal “14th Five-Year” Plan for Building a Science and Technology Innovation Center with Global Influence. This document is an excerpted translation of Shanghai’s five-year plan for S&T development. This is one of many detailed provincial-level economic development plans likely to follow in the wake of China’s national 14th Five-Year Plan, which was released in March 2021. Shanghai’s plan identifies a raft of emerging technologies that the city government aims to boost, and proposes a major expansion and refinement of the city’s tech transfer apparatus. This lengthy translated excerpt covers the following sections of Shanghai’s plan: part I (overview), part III (basic research and innovation), part IV (key and core technologies), part VI (talent), and part X (innovation environment).
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