Press Release

NSCAI Holds Plenary Session

Press Release | October 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) held its fourth plenary session today in Washington, DC and via teleconference.

The Commission’s focus for this plenary was to review and finalize its interim report. The report is informed by the legislative mandate 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.” After reviewing the report, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve the report that will be delivered to Congress in November. Commissioner Safra Catz, also CEO of Oracle, said “as we prepare to submit our interim report to Congress in November, we continue to think about the next steps in incorporating feedback and developing recommendations for the final report.”

The interim report is set to be released in conjunction with a full-day conference that will include panelists from academia, industry, and government. Commissioners will participate in or moderate panels, including discussing the Commission’s assessments to date. Commissioner Jason Matheny, who is also Director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University, said “releasing the interim report in conjunction with the conference will enable us to share with industry, academia, government, and the public our initial assessments, and in turn receive feedback from them.”

The Commission is an independent federal entity, and its goal is to complement and strengthen ongoing AI-related efforts in the executive branch and Congress, while also making additional recommendations to integrate artificial intelligence into national security programs. The Commission and its staff have received more than 170 classified and unclassified briefings since the Commission began work in March 2019 and they will continue to reach out to academia, industry, non-profits, associations, and government to formulate recommendations for the final report.

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