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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Artificial Intelligence

The seal of the newly established National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, featuring an eagle superimposed over interconnected nodes symbolizing a neural network. – The White House

The National AI Initiative Act of 2020 became law on January 1, 2021. This Act shows up on page 1164 of this 2200 page document. I don't know what this means other than we have an official government website and more government money being shoveled into the furnace:
“This is not a time for abstract criticism of industrial policy or fears of deficit spending to stand in the way of progress,” they [former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former deputy defense secretary Bob Work] add, suggesting that federal spending on R&D overall should increase to at least 1% of GDP. - AIP (American Institute of Physics)

Via Detroit Steve. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Nvidia has a new $100 AI development kit. 

Nvidia Jetson Nano

Make is running a contest with one of these kits as the prize.

I am sure the whiz kids are going to do some clever things with AI. They may even figure out new methods of doing useful things that will have a net benefit. However, I suspect the largest effect we will see will be in advertising, gaming and killer robots.

1 comment:

xoxoxoBruce said...

In Europe they are coming up with rules about how AI such as facial recognition software can be use by anyone other than the military and police on the public. Maybe this new task force is similar.