Today, the Department of Commerce hosted the launch of the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC). Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo noted in her address to the NAIAC members that the committee will assist the federal government by providing insights into AI-related issues and complement the Department’s work with international partners – including the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC). Deputy Secretary Don Graves also addressed the NAIAC, emphasizing his hope that the committee’s recommendations would help the nation chart a path for responsible and inclusive AI that will advance economic equity. The NAIAC is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST Director and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Dr. Laurie Locascio emphasized how scientific and technological advances have expanded both opportunities and challenges for standards and measurements that cultivate trust in technology, part of NIST’s mission.
Locascio introduced the 27 NAIAC members, expert leaders from academia, industry, non-profits, and civil society. The meeting also featured speakers Dr. Alondra Nelson, Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Lynne Parker, Director of the National AI Initiative Office. During the session, NAIAC Chair Miriam Vogel formally established the Law Enforcement and AI Subcommittee. She and Vice-Chair James Manyika led a discussion with NAIAC members about how the group will conduct business moving forward and addressed comments offered by the public in advance of today’s meeting. The next NAIAC meeting is yet to be announced. For more information on NAIAC, visit www.ai.gov/naiac.