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Defense Department Releases Artificial Intelligence Strategy Inside Government Contracts


On February 12, 2019 the Department of Defense released a summary and supplementary fact sheet of its artificial intelligence strategy ("AI Strategy"). The AI Strategy has been a couple of years in the making as the Trump administration has scrutinized the relative investments and advancements in artificial intelligence by the United States, its allies and partners, and potential strategic competitors such as China and Russia. The animating concern was articulated in the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy ("NDS"): strategic competitors such as China and Russia has made investments in technological modernization, including artificial intelligence, and conventional military capability that is eroding U.S. military advantage and changing how we think about conventional deterrence. As the NDS states, "[t]he reemergence of long-term strategic competition, rapid dispersion of technologies" such as "advanced computing, "big data" analytics, artificial intelligence" and others will be necessary to "ensure we will be able to fight and win the wars of the future." The AI Strategy offers that "[t]he United States, together with its allies and partners, must adopt AI to maintain its strategic position, prevail on future battlefields, and safeguard [a free and open international] order. We will also seek to develop and use AI technologies in ways that advance security, peace, and stability in the long run. We will lead in the responsible use and development of AI by articulating our vision and guiding principles for using AI in a lawful and ethical manner."

FAA Updates Drone Rules for Everyone

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is still working to figure out the best way of making sure that people fly their drones safely and legally. It's very much a work in progress, and has been for years. At this point, anyone who wants to fly a drone weighing more than 250 grams (even just for fun in the backyard) must register that drone and follow some generally common sense rules and regulations. The FAA, to their credit, has been keeping track of how this has all been going, and late last week they announced a few important updates. The new change that will affect everyone is that all drones are now required to display registration information externally.

Pentagon points to China, Russia competition in new AI strategy

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China steps up plans for using artificial intelligence to strengthen its military; Bill Hemmer reports. The President and the Pentagon are signaling that artificial intelligence (AI) is now a major priority for U.S. national security, and competition from China and Russia may be a key motivator. President Trump issued an executive order on Feb. 11 titled "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." It's a directive that he says "will affect the missions of nearly all executive departments and agencies," and he didn't mince words on the significance of this quest. "Continued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States," the executive order reads.

Trump's Artificial Intelligence Strategy: Aspirations Without Teeth


On Feb. 11, the White House released an executive order on "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence" (AI)--the latest attempt to develop a national strategy for AI. The order envisions the United States taking significant steps to increase research and development efforts while reforming its executive agencies to better compete with the Chinese government's investments in AI development through its Made in China 2025 plan. Although the order is full of promising language and constructive suggestions for executive agencies, it is unlikely to have much of a long-term effect without further support from Congress. The executive order has three basic prongs. First, it charges executive agencies to "prioritize AI" across several dimensions.

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There is no question the United States is on a mission to preserve its role as a global leader in AI (artificial intelligence) adoption and innovation. Perhaps even more noteworthy is what this latest initiative has in common with past data-related initiatives? If you watched the 2019 State of the Union address a couple of weeks ago, you heard President Trump say he's eager to work with Congress to invest in "cutting edge industries of the future." He referred to this investment in cutting-edge industries as a necessity, not an option. Candidly, I was eagerly awaiting more commentary and was hoping he would elaborate. Newswire - Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence?


Newswire), a global investor news source covering Artificial Intelligence issues a special edition of The AI Eye, looking at the battle for dominance between the US and China. On February 11, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. The document stresses the importance of AI in propelling the US economy and cites current American global leadership in terms of R&D and deployment of AI as justifications for ramping up federal government commitments to promote the technology. Though it is not explicitly mentioned in the document, many commentators felt that the growing rivalry with China in the AI space influenced the President's executive order. Rob Verger, writing for Popular Science, captured the impression of those commentators when he observed: "Competition with China is a big part of the subtext to this announcement..." Some US AI companies were quick to respond.

NASA is close to finalizing its drone traffic control system for cities


NASA is ready to put its drone traffic management system to the ultimate test and has chosen Nevada and Texas as its final testing sites. The agency, together with the FAA, has been developing an Unmanned aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) system over the past four years in an effort to figure out how to safely fly drones in an urban environment. Now that the project is in its last phase, it has teamed up with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems in Las Vegas and the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation in Corpus Christi, Texas to conduct a final series of technical demonstrations. NASA and the FAA are planning to demo a big list of technologies, including their interface with vehicle-integrated detect-and-avoid capabilities, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and collision avoidance, as well as automated safe landing technologies. All those will help NASA understand the challenges of flying in an urban environment and conjure up ideas for future rules and policies.

Trump wants better AI. He also wants less immigration. He can't have both.


President Donald Trump released a splashy new plan for American artificial intelligence last week. High on enthusiasm, low on details, its goal is to ramp up the rate of progress in AI research so the United States won't get outpaced by countries like China. Experts had been warning for months that under Trump, the US hasn't been doing enough to maintain its competitive edge. Now, it seems, Trump has finally got the memo. His executive order, signed February 11, promises to "drive technological breakthroughs ... in order to promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security."

The race to responsible artificial intelligence


Chances are you've heard of artificial intelligence, which has found widespread adoption in our popular culture. Generally speaking, AI is a set of computer algorithms that can learn to make decisions without human intervention. That's AI, though I think we can all agree there is some room for improvement in that arena. It's fun to ponder what technological wizardry AI will offer future generations. Where it becomes daunting, however, is when we consider its long-term global implications and the structure necessary to harness its development.

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Darktrace helped pave the way for using artificial intelligence to combat malicious hacking and enterprise security breaches. Now a new UK startup founded by an ex-Darktrace executive has raised some funding to take the use of AI in cybersecurity to the next level. Senseon, which has pioneered a new model that it calls "AI triangulation" -- simultaneously applying artificial intelligence algorithms to oversee, monitor and defend an organization's network appliances, endpoints, and'investigator bots' covering multiple microservices -- has raised $6.4 million in seed funding. David Atkinson -- the startup's CEO and founder who had previously been the commercial director for Darktrace and before that helped pioneer new cybersecurity techniques as an operative at the UK's Ministry of Defense -- said that Senseon will use the funding to continue to expand its business both in Europe and the US. The deal was co-led by MMC Ventures and Mark Weatherford, who is chief cyber security strategist at vArmour (which itself raised money in recent weeks) and previously Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.