Amsterdam and Helsinki Launch Algorithmic Registries: On September 28, Amsterdam and Helsinki unveiled registries to explain each city government’s algorithm use. Their introduction was part of the Next Generation Internet Policy Summit organized by the European Commission. Each registry entry includes the model’s training dataset, how the model is used and how it was assessed for bias. In addition, each includes a way for citizens to give feedback to the government on the algorithm. Helsinki City Data project manager Pasi Rautio said the registry is meant to increase public trust in AI.
Machine Learning Spotlight — Combating California Fires: Firefighters in California are relying on AI systems to help fight wildfires, The Wall Street Journal reports. AI systems assist with monitoring fires, evacuating threatened areas and deploying resources appropriately. One machine learning system predicts a fire’s spread by comparing current patterns — based on camera images, weather, topology and moisture levels — against historical patterns; another simulates the spread based on different future weather conditions. The Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center has also prioritized using AI to predict wildfire spread.
DOD Releases New Data Strategy: On Thursday, the Department of Defense released a new data strategy to help the DOD become a “data-centric organization.” The document argues data should be treated as on par with weapon systems and outlines eight guiding principles for data efforts, including one focused on the importance of data for AI training. It says this data, alongside algorithmic models, will increasingly become the Pentagon’s “most valuable digital asset” and emphasizes the importance of increasing DOD-wide awareness of training datasets and algorithms, as well as protecting them from competitors.
Bill Tightening Export Controls for Key Technologies Introduced: House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member McCaul introduced legislation strengthening export controls for critical technologies, including semiconductor manufacturing equipment. The bill requires the president to develop a strategy for collaborating with U.S. allies to develop unified export control policies. More specifically, these policies are meant to reduce the availability of certain technologies to arms-embargoed countries. At the same time, the legislation requires a working group to coordinate with allies to secure the global semiconductor supply chain. It also establishes a $2 billion fund to support joint R&D projects and capacity building in critical technologies with allies.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
Civilian Space Infrastructure Development Plan:National Medium- To Long-Term Civilian Space Infrastructure Development Plan. This document lays out the PRC government’s priorities for developing China’s civilian space infrastructure through 2025. It recommends that China reduce its reliance on foreign civilian satellite technology, but also advocates for continued use of international exchanges and technology transfer as ways to catch up to more technologically advanced countries in space infrastructure.
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