The Center for Data Innovation has expressed its support for H.R. 6090, the Artificial Intelligence Reporting Act (AIR) Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI). The Center issued the following statement from its director, Daniel Castro:
Artificial intelligence (AI) will be one of the most transformative technologies of the modern era and a key driver of productivity and economic competitiveness. However, while the United States is home to a large share of companies developing AI, other countries are quickly closing in on its lead. For example, China surpassed the United States in the number of patent applications filed for deep learning and AI in 2015, and continues to outperform the United States by an increasingly large margin. Additionally, China, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom have all launched national AI strategies to accelerate the development and deployment of the technology.
The AIR Act would be a valuable step toward making the United States more competitive in AI. The bill would establish a strategic plan for AI R&D that could serve as a framework to coordinate the federal government’s R&D efforts and ensure the government is focusing on areas of AI that stand to benefit the most from federal support. And importantly, the bill would compile information about the federal government’s use of AI itself, which could help administrators share best practices about how to use AI to boost government efficiency and productivity.
Congress should pass the AIR Act to put the United States on track to maintain its global competitiveness in AI.