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Plenary Session #1: Setting the Business Rules, Initial Briefings
March 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm UTC-5
Newly-elected Chair Eric Schmidt and Vice Chair Bob Work called to order the first plenary session of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence on March 11, 2019 in Arlington, VA. The Chair and Vice Chair opened the meeting by outlining the objectives of the first plenary session. First, Commissioners needed to agree on an operating plan and responsibilities, and second, agree on an approach to Congress’ detailed scoping of the Commission’s review as it researches, analyzes, and considers legislation, policy and outreach opportunities to advance the goals of the Commission.
The Commissioners received presentations from the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, the Intelligence Community, Members of Congress, and Congressional staff on their perspectives on AI threats, the National Defense Strategy, the role of Congress, the Defense Department’s AI organization, export controls, and best practices from past commissions. The newly appointed Executive Director and Chief of Staff briefed the Commission on their plans to stand up the office and the work completed to date.
Commissioners voted in favor of holding plenary sessions every other month. Each plenary will be a full day. They approved establishing five working groups structured around broad categories. Each working group plans to meet on alternate months, and will be comprised of a subset of the Commission’s members and staff. The Commissioners self-selected the working groups on which they would serve. Commissioners agreed that the working group categories will be AI research; national security applications for AI; AI for the betterment of citizens and the economy; preparing citizens and the workforce for AI; and ensuring international competitiveness and cooperation in AI.
Commissioners agreed to rotate meeting locations to maximize convenience and to allow the Commission to engage with AI communities around the country. They agreed to hold their next plenary meeting in Cupertino, California on May 20, 2019.