Eric Schmidt to lead the national artificial intelligence and emerging technologies project

Old Google [GOOGL] CEO and billionaire Eric Schmidt said on Oct. 5 he was launching the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), a national initiative to recommend ways to build America’s capacity in artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies.

The bipartisan board will include Robert Work, former deputy secretary of defense under the Obama administration and co-chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI); Nadia Schadlow, senior author of National Security Strategy 2017 and former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy in the Trump administration; Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama administration; and Mac Thornberry, former chairman and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee who served as the Republican representative from Texas.

The NSCAI final report, released in March, details the steps required to ensure the United States is ‘AI ready’ by 2025, including a call for the annual doubling of funding for research and development. development of AI to reach $ 32 billion per year by FY 2026 and recommends several steps to boost technology adoption efforts (Daily Defense, 1st of March). Schmidt co-chaired the NSCAI with Work.

Ylli Bajraktari, who was executive director of NSCAI, will be the CEO of SCSP. Bajraktari also served as Chief of Staff to the former and now retired National Security Advisor, Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster during the Trump administration, as a work assistant when he was deputy secretary of defense, as special assistant to former chairman of the chiefs of staff army general staff martin dempsey, and as country director for afghanistan after joining the DoD in 2010.

The SCSP has stated that it derives from the NSCAI and the Rockefeller Special Studies Project (SSP), started in 1956 by Nelson Rockefeller and headed by Henry Kissinger. This earlier project aimed to chart a bipartisan path on national security and other challenges.

“We are at a similar historic moment today,” Kissinger said in an Oct. 5 statement by SCSP. “We need deep analysis and urgent action or our destiny will be shaped for us.”

SCSP said it is funded solely by Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, and will have an office in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

“Similar to the Rockefeller Special Studies Project, the SCSP will issue policy briefs that aim to make recommendations for maintaining our global competitiveness on AI and other emerging technologies and the impact this will have on our society, our economy and our national security, “SCSP said in a statement. email response to questions.

Schmidt said in the October 5 CPSS statement that federal government support launched his career.

“My graduate studies in computer science in the 1970s and 1980s were funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,” he said. “Five years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to give back when then Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked me to sit on the Department’s Defense Innovation Council. Defense, then three years ago Congress asked me to chair the National Security Board. Commission on Artificial Intelligence. These two roles have convinced me that the United States needs to think, organize and compete in significantly new ways. No serious nation can ignore the impacts of emerging technologies on all aspects of our national life. “

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