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AI/ML systems are failure-prone, unreliable, and opaque. This research line seeks to understand and contribute to the development and adoption of AI standards, testing procedures, best practices, regulation, auditing, and certification. It identifies areas where U.S. policy could promote the responsible, safe, and reliable deployment of AI/ML capabilities. It encompasses exploration of AI/ML accidents, harms, and vulnerabilities; AI trustworthiness, safety, standards, testing, and evaluation; AI adoption, regulation, and policy; and attempts to understand when systems work well, when they fail, and how such failures could be mitigated.

Recent Publications


Advanced Technology: Examining Threats to National Security

Dewey Murdick
| September 19, 2023

CSET Executive Director Dr. Dewey Murdick testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Emerging Threats Subcommittee on challenges related to emerging technologies and national security.

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This explainer defines criteria for effective AI Incident Collection and identifies tradeoffs between potential reporting models: mandatory, voluntary, and citizen reporting.

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CSET submitted the following comment in response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) about the development of the newly established Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate, in accordance with the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.

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Recent Blog Articles

The EU AI Act: A Primer

Mia Hoffmann
| September 26, 2023

The EU AI Act is nearing implementation. Read this blog post by CSET’s resident EU expert and Research Fellow, Mia Hoffmann, for a synopsis of what’s in the Act and what it means for AI regulation in the EU (and the world).

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On September 8, 2023, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) released their Bipartisan Framework on AI Legislation. The framework includes many ideas and recommendations that CSET research has highlighted over the past four years. This blog post highlights some of the most relevant reports and CSET’s perspective on...

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In an op-ed featured in Barron's, CSET's Emily S. Weinstein discusses the recent proposed regulations by the Biden administration to restrict U.S. investments in critical technology sectors in China. The regulations target advancements in semiconductors, microelectronics, quantum technologies, and AI systems, with concerns about potential military applications benefiting adversaries like...

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In a recent Bloomberg article, CSET's Helen Toner provides her expert analysis on Beijing's implementation of fresh regulations governing artificial intelligence (AI) services.
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Congress Is Falling Behind on AI

May 16, 2023
The Messenger published an article featuring insights from CSET's Mina Narayanan. The article delves into the growing concerns surrounding the regulation of artificial intelligence and the challenges Congress faces in developing rules for its use.
CSET's Heather Frase was quoted by the Associated Press in an article discussing the Biden administration's efforts to ensure the responsible development of AI.