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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence warns if current trends continue, China could surpass the United States as the world’s leader in AI in the next decade. The commission has new recommendations for Congress for defending the country with technology and promoting U.S. innovation in artificial intelligence.

  • Katharina McFarland, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and a member of the commission, said she and her team spent a year assessing the status of artificial intelligence in the United States and found we are neither prepared nor resourced for the artificial intelligence competition.
  • McFarland said the resources we need to prepare for this competition include talent, hardware, leadership and protection of innovation and that the onus is on all of us to fulfill the recommendations and protect our freedoms.
  • McFarland recommends starting with people first – getting people to understand what artificial intelligence is, informing them that our nation and values can be protected through AI and leading confidence-building efforts like changing business systems and introducing pilots.
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