In DepthU.S. Science Policy

Top Democrat wants big AI push

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Science  15 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6467, pp. 787
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6467.787

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The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Charles Schumer (NY), wants the government to create an agency that would invest $100 billion over 5 years on basic research in artificial intelligence (AI). Schumer's plan, which he outlined for the first time in public last week, would establish a new national science and technology fund to invest in fields that rely on advances in AI, including quantum computing, 5G networks, robotics, cybersecurity, and synthetic biology. The money would support research at U.S. universities, companies, and other federal agencies as well as pay for testbed facilities needed to transform discoveries into commercial products. The proposal reflects the growing interest by politicians from both parties in AI and related fields.

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