The U.S. currently lacks a "whatever it takes" attitude to become the world leader in AI, according to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chairs the National Security Commission on AI. During Thursday's Politico AI Summit, Schmidt noted that advancing AI has been a uniquely bipartisan issue for U.S. lawmakers as they seek to counter China and other global AI powers. Along with AI commission co-chair Robert Work, he recently stressed that the U.S. is in an unprecedented "innovation competition" and needs more aggressive actions to develop and incorporate AI.
- Schmidt said the goal is to have America – or at least the Western world – research and invent AI technologies. He stressed the need for peer collaboration among democracies like the U.K., Canada, and Israel to advance AI and fight against what he's called "high tech authoritarianism."
- Schmidt has been warning about the U.S. lagging behind in AI development since at least 2017 when he predicted that China would take the lead in AI starting in 2022.
- Earlier this week, Schmidt's National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence released its latest report and third-quarter recommendations on how the U.S. can strengthen its AI and work with partners. These include strengthening the "triangular alliance" for AI R&D in academia, government, and industry and establishing new career fields, certifications, grants, and more for AI development and the workforce. [Note: We covered many of the recommendations in Wednesday's Inside AI, which is available for Premium subscribers.]
- Schmidt has previously referenced China's development plan to become the global leader in AI by 2030.
A version of this story first appeared in Inside AI. You can read the full issue here.