“We have seen AI providing conversation and comfort to the lonely; we have also seen AI engaging in racial discrimination. Yet the biggest harm that AI is likely to do to individuals in the short term is job displacement, as the amount of work we can automate with AI is vastly larger than before. As leaders, it is incumbent on all of us to make sure we are building a world in which every individual has an opportunity to thrive.”

Eric Schmidt, Chairman, NSCAI

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On August 13, 2018, Section 1051 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (P.L. 115-232) established the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence as an independent Commission “to consider the methods and means necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.”

In order to get the Commission’s work underway quickly, the Department of Defense agreed to assist the Commission in certain administrative matters, such as human resources, office space, and contracting. The joint Memorandum of Agreement can be found here.

The Commission established an advisory committee on June 24, 2020. A copy of the charter as filed with Congress and the General Services Administration can be found here.