Guest post by Lynne E.
Parker, PhD, Director of the White House National Artificial Intelligence
Initiative Office, and Erwin Gianchandani, PhD, National Science Foundation
Senior Advisor for Translation, Innovation, and Partnerships
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Science
Foundation are looking for your input to shape the work of the National Artificial
Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force. This Task Force is
taking on a critically important initiative – building an implementation plan
for a national infrastructure that would democratize access to artificial
intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D).
As directed by Congress in the National AI Initiative Act of 2020, the Task Force is
serving as a Federal advisory committee to help create a blueprint for the
NAIRR, which is envisioned as a shared computing and data infrastructure that
would provide AI researchers and students across all scientific disciplines
with access to computational resources, high-quality data, educational tools,
and user support. This capability would help make AI R&D accessible to all
Americans by lowering the barriers to entry for traditionally underserved
communities, institutions, and regions. It would also fuel innovation by making
it easier than ever before for Americans to pursue bold, visionary applications
The Task Force will provide recommendations for establishing and sustaining
the NAIRR, including technical capabilities, governance, administration, and
assessment, as well as requirements for security, privacy, civil rights, and
civil liberties. The Task Force will submit two reports to Congress presenting
a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan: an interim report in May 2022
and final report in November 2022.
To get this right, we want to tap into the deep technical expertise of the
community and bring in a range of perspectives. We invite you to submit a
response to our Request for Information before the comment period
closes on October 1, and ask that you spread the word. This effort could set us
on the path to transform our nation’s ability to harness AI across fields of
science and engineering and economic sectors, and your insights could help
shape our approach.
We appreciate your contributions and look forward to receiving your input.
This post originally released on the National Library of
Medicine’s Musings from the Mezzanine blog.
Lynne E. Parker, Founding Director of the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative Office and Assistant Director of AI in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Erwin Gianchandani, National Science Foundation (NSF) Senior Advisor for Translation, Innovation, and Partnerships.