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White House opens AI Initiative Office

On Jan. 12, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy launched the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office.  This new OSTP office is charged with overseeing and implementing a national AI strategy and serving as the central hub for federal AI research and policymaking across government, the private sector, academia, nonprofits and state governments.

The office is also responsible for conducting regular public outreach, such as conferences and educational events, maintaining a website featuring the initiative’s activities and promoting “access to and early adoption of the technologies, innovations, lessons learned, and expertise derived from Initiative activities” to federal agencies, industries and startups, according to the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020, which called for the creation of the office.

Lynne Parker, assistant director of artificial intelligence at OSTP, will serve as the office’s founding director.

“The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office will be integral to the Federal government’s AI efforts for many years to come, serving as a central hub for national AI research and policy for the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem,” U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios said in a statement provided to the media.

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