The U.S. is unprepared to compete in the new age of artificial intelligence and risks falling behind China and other superpowers, according to National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's latest report. The 756-page report stresses the need for the U.S. to invest in AI-enabled weapons and place “wise restraints" on mass surveillance tools such as facial recognition.
- Congress formed the commission, chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, in 2018, and it began its review in 2019. Its members include Amazon's incoming CEO Andy Jassy, Microsoft Chief Scientific Officer Eric Horvitz, Google Cloud AI chief Andrew Moore, and others.
- This marks its final report, which was delivered to the President and Congress yesterday. It concludes that "big decisions" are needed to speed up AI innovation in favor of the U.S. and protect against malignant AI uses, such as cyber-attacks and Russia- and China-backed disinformation campaigns.
- Such actions include partnering with the allies, old and new, "to build a safer and freer world for the AI era," it says. It calls for a “White House-led strategy” to create standards for responsible AI, boost R&D, and defend against threats, arguing that China’s domestic AI sets “a chilling precedent for anyone around the world who cherishes individual liberty.”
- President Biden’s administration has yet to comment on the recommendations. According to the Associated Press, the commission supports a more open immigration outlook for recruiting AI talent than what was favored under President Trump.
- Some critics have argued that the report doesn't fully tackle more difficult issues, like the use of facial recognition at the U.S.-Mexico border or how to govern and enforce responsible AI effectively.