1. The U.S. Commerce Department has issued new restrictions, effective today, on exports of AI software related to geospatial imagery. The measures, announced on Friday, require U.S. companies to obtain licenses to export software that utilizes neural networks to find “points of interest” in the imagery taken with drones and satellites. According to the Bureau of Industry and Security, the rule only applies to software with graphical user interfaces. It's also the first requirement to take effect under the 2018 Export Control Reform Act, or ECRA, which focuses on AI and other emerging technologies that the U.S. government believes are essential to national security.
A bigger look: James Lewis, a tech expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the AI industry expected a wider crackdown and has thus welcomed the new rule. The goal is to "keep American companies from helping the Chinese make better AI products that can help their military," he says. - REUTERS