WASHINGTON—In response to the final report issued today by the National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI), Hodan Omaar, policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, released the following statement:
It is now more clear than ever that the United States needs a comprehensive national AI strategy to improve the economy, society, and national security. The Biden administration should move swiftly to develop a national AI strategy.
Integrating AI in national defense is necessary to defend against new threats, including cyber threats, and use the technology responsibly to protect Americans. In addition, maintaining leadership in the development and use of AI is critical to improve U.S. economic competitiveness.
Leadership in AI will require U.S. success across a suite of emerging technologies, including 5G, quantum computing, and the Internet of Things. The United States needs a national AI strategy that prioritizes R&D and workforce skills across these areas, along with efforts to improve data sharing and accelerate digital transformation.
The benefits of AI and the risks of falling behind are too great for policymakers to either sit on the sidelines hoping private-sector action is enough, or to believe that the government’s main role should be shaping and constraining AI through regulation. Given the importance of AI to the economy, society, and national security, the Biden administration should immediately take steps to outline its priorities for a national AI development and adoption strategy.