White House Science Advisors Highlight Progress in AI Research

Revolutionizing AI Research: White House and NSF Release Six-Month Update on Key Advancements

In a major update on AI research and development, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House have released key information six months after the AI executive order. The White House has highlighted two significant advancements in promoting artificial intelligence within the government. The first was a report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which emphasized the importance of trustworthy AI technologies and their use cases. The second was the release of computational resources for researchers through the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot.

In their report, PCAST emphasized that AI technologies should work alongside human scientists rather than replacing them. They also stressed the need for a culture that promotes responsible AI use, with humans in the loop to address bias and privacy concerns. Additionally, they discussed how making AI infrastructure more widely available through open-source models and standards is crucial to democratizing access to these tools.

The NAIRR pilot was launched in December 2023, and its first set of research resources were released on May 6. According to Council member Terence Tao, this pilot marks an important step in building AI infrastructure and providing researchers with high-quality tools. NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan noted that developing NAIRR involved collaboration with non-government partners and federal agencies to ensure that these resources are accessible to a diverse range of individuals and communities nationwide.

Panchanathan emphasized the importance of advancing talent and innovation across all demographics and geographic locations within the nation. By democratizing access to AI tools and promoting responsible AI use, NAIRR aims to promote innovation while ensuring that it is inclusive and equitable.

Overall, these updates highlight the continued commitment from both government agencies to advance artificial intelligence research while ensuring its responsible use within society.

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