PCAST Releases Report on Supercharging Research: Harnessing AI to Meet Global Challenges

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) announced a new report on Supercharging Research: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Meet Global Challenges. The report was developed in response to President Biden’s Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence (see previous COSSA coverage) and explores the positive and negative impacts of AI technologies. PCAST emphasizes the importance of AI being used as a tool, not a replacement, for workers. PCAST included the following recommendations for the Biden Administration in the report: 

  • Expand access to AI resources through programs such as the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot housed within the National Science Foundation (NSF) (see previous COSSA coverage); 
  • Expand federal data sets for research while implementing safeguards to protect user data; 
  • Support collaboration in research on AI between industries; 
  • Develop “principles of responsible, transparent, and trustworthy” for AI research; 
  • Encourage innovative uses of AI to expand the positive impact of the technology. 

The full report can be viewed here in addition to PCAST’s letter to the President and the Executive Summary of the report.   


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