May 21, 2019, 3:31 PM; Updated: May 21, 2019, 7:17 PM
Senators unveiled a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would create a centralized office overseeing a national artificial intelligence strategy and authorize $2.2 billion in research and development.
Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act to create a national interagency committee to develop a 10-year plan for the public and private sectors. Heinrich and Portman are co-chairs of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, which they founded in March.
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The intention of the bill is to ensure the U.S. remains ahead in the global race to develop artificial intelligence technologies. A U.S.-specific...