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March 12, 2020

H.R. 6216, National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020

Legislation

H.R. 6216, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020

A one-pager on H.R. 6216 can be found here

Endorsements

Allen Institute for AI

Amazon Web Services

“The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 is important to advancing American leadership in artificial intelligence. We applaud Chairwoman Johnson’s and Ranking Member Lucas’s continued leadership, and are grateful for their commitment to ensuring artificial intelligence benefits all of society.” - Swami Sivasubramanian, VP, Amazon AI, AWS

BSA The Software Alliance

“BSA applauds Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas for introducing the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AIIA). Their bill recognizes that US leadership in the development of AI requires a steady commitment to long-term R&D that leverages the strengths, expertise, and resources of government, academia, and industry. Importantly, the AIIA will also establish a NIST-led process to develop an AI risk management framework. Such a framework will enhance public trust that the AI systems they interact with have been responsibly designed and deployed. We strongly support this effort.” - Christian Troncoso, Senior Director, Policy

Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Data Innovation

"The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act could make the difference between the United States remaining the global leader in AI or falling behind to China. This legislation would deliver the boost in funding, coordination, and strategy necessary for U.S. developers to build the next generation of trustworthy AI systems that can compete in global markets. We look forward to working with Congress as it moves forward with this important legislation."

Computing Research Association 

Future of Life Institute

IBM

"IBM applauds Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) for introducing the bipartisan National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020. This bill will significantly strengthen U.S. leadership in the advancement of trustworthy AI by creating a risk assessment framework through NIST, promoting an AI-ready workforce, and making the government's supercomputing resources available to advance AI R&D. We fully support this bill, and look forward to working with the sponsors to see it passed into law." - Christopher Padilla, Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

"The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act recognizes the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI). AI promises to drive innovation and bolster productivity across multiple sectors, bolstering America’s economic competitiveness. Investment in this area is critical in order to maintain American technological leadership, and this bill is an important step toward achieving that goal."

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

“Artificial intelligence is positively transforming every aspect of our economy, our society, and our daily lives. The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act recognizes the critical role that the federal government plays in advancing AI research and development in a manner that promotes collaboration and public trust. ITI and our member companies look forward to working with leaders across government, community, industry, and academia to move these objectives forward and ensure that AI benefits all Americans, while addressing and mitigating concerns about the technology.” - Jason Oxman, President and CEO

Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO)

“The Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity (PTIO) is pleased to endorse Section 105 of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020, which directs the National Academies to study workforce opportunities and needs across sectors as artificial intelligence is increasingly adopted throughout the economy,” said Kathryn Branson, Executive Director of PTIO.  “PTIO exists to identify and promote evidence-based and data-driven policies and programs that ensure American workers are prepared for autonomous vehicle deployment and are supported alongside the transition to this important technology.  We commend Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Ranking Member Frank Lucas for their leadership and their acknowledgement that a strong foundation of research is required as policymakers develop policies aimed at ensuring innovative technologies, like autonomous vehicles, increase economic opportunity and quality of life for all American workers.”

Workday

“Workday commends Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) on the introduction of the bipartisan National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020. This forward-thinking legislation strengthens U.S. leadership in the development of trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) by providing critical tools for achieving that goal.  We are particularly pleased to see the inclusion of the requirement for NIST to launch a voluntary AI risk assessment framework that will help support responsible innovation.  The Institute is uniquely positioned to take on this important work, given its collaborative capabilities and experience with public-private partnerships.  Workday looks forward to working with the sponsors of the bill as it makes its way through the legislative process.” - Jim Shaughnessy, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs