The White House Releases Its CHIPS Act Implementation Strategy: On Tuesday, the Commerce Department released its implementation plan for doling out the $50 billion in funds appropriated by the recently enacted CHIPS and Science Act. Of those funds, $39 billion will be spent to expand domestic semiconductor manufacturing (approximately $28 billion for “leading-edge” chips and the rest for “mature and current-generation” chips), and $11 billion will go to establishing several NIST-led R&D centers, institutes and programs. The newly released plan lays out four strategic aims: to invest in domestic manufacturing of “strategically important” chips, to maintain a supply of the older and current-generation chips needed for national security and other critical purposes, to grow U.S. semiconductor R&D efforts, and to build a diverse semiconductor workforce. According to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the department plans to begin taking applications for funding from chipmakers by February 2023 and aims to begin distributing funds soon after.
The Pentagon’s Chief AI Office Looks for Feedback on Its AI Marketplace: The Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office plans to launch an AI-focused, rapid-acquisition marketplace in the first quarter of FY 2023 and is currently seeking comments about how best to achieve the marketplace’s objectives. According to a “teaser” document published by the CDAO and the contracted marketplace manager, IN3, the “Tradewind Solutions Marketplace” will be a “digital environment of competed video pitches” where contractors can showcase their AI, ML and data-relevant tools. Because all the video pitches must be assessed and vetted before they are made visible, the CDAO hopes the marketplace will streamline the process of AI-tool procurement by providing a one-stop shop of awardable products for interested DOD customers. It also hopes that the marketplace will offer a way for small and “nontraditional” contractors without existing Pentagon relationships to reach DOD customers. At launch, the marketplace will seek pitches related to six “Initial Strategic Focus Areas” — “Improving situational awareness and decision-making,” “Increasing safety of operating equipment,” “Implementing predictive maintenance and supply,” “Streamlining business processes,” “Assuring Cybersecurity,” and “Discovering Blue Sky Technology Applications” — though the CDAO says it expects these to evolve over time. The office will receive comments on the marketplace through the Tradewind website until September 30.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
PRC Climate Adaptation Strategy:National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2035. This document is China’s climate change adaptation strategy for the period 2022–2035. It replaces an earlier strategy that covered the years 2013–2020. This new strategy aims to make China’s society and economy more resilient in the face of climate change through better monitoring and prediction of extreme weather; more resilient crops, farmland, and waterways; and other measures. The strategy is designed to complement China’s ongoing efforts to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
PRC Tech Innovation Plan:Action Plan for Improving the Technological Capabilities of Enterprises (2022-2023). This document is a Chinese government plan for making Chinese tech companies more innovative. Among other things, the plan proposes a number of measures to improve private companies’ integration with China’s state-run science and technology innovation ecosystem and proposes a few novel approaches toward financing Chinese tech startups.
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