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February 08, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Feds announce New AI Safety Institute Consortium, release innovation report

The inaugural members of the Consortium include more than 200 companies and organizations that are on the frontlines of creating and using the most advanced AI systems and hardware.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced on Thursday the creation of the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) and also, as Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, released its its “Competitiveness Through Entrepreneurship: A Strategy for U.S. Innovation” report.

AI Initiative:

According to the AISIC announcement, the new consortium will unite artificial intelligence (AI) creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations in support of the development and deployment of safe and trustworthy AI. It will be housed under the U.S. AI Safety Institute (USAISI) and will contribute to priority actions outlined in President Biden’s Executive Order, including developing guidelines for red-teaming, capability evaluations, risk management, safety and security, and watermarking synthetic content.

The group includes more than 200 member companies and organizations that are on the frontlines of creating and using the most advanced AI systems and hardware, the nation’s largest companies and most innovative start-ups, civil society, and academic teams that are building the foundational understanding of how AI can and will transform our society, and representatives of professions with deep engagement in AI’s use today. The consortium represents the largest collection of test and evaluation teams established to date and will focus on establishing the foundations for a new measurement science in AI safety. The consortium also includes state and local governments, as well as non-profits, and will work with organizations from like-minded nations that have a key role to play in developing interoperable and effective tools for safety around the world.

Noticeably absent from the list of inaugural members, unless we missed them, were any Tennessee-based corporations or universities.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Report:

The report outlined 10 recommendations for how the U.S. Department of Commerce, the federal government, and the private sector can foster an entrepreneurship ecosystem that ensures the United States leads in critical technology innovation. Those recommendations include investments in research and development (R&D), entrepreneurial ecosystems, talent pipelines, and incentives for intellectual property commercialization.

Compiled by a 32-member council that Secretary Raimondo chaired, the report identifies opportunities for providing capital, tools, and resources to entrepreneurs to break down barriers and enable faster U.S. innovation in technologies of the future. The recommendations also include action items that ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are prioritized, including proposed tax credits and incentives for those that invest in early stage start-ups and women- and minority-owned start-ups.

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