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7/8/2019
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NIST Sets Draft Guidelines for Government AI

This is the first formal step in writing the standards that will guide the implementation of AI technologies within the federal government.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft guideline for developing artificial intelligence (AI) technical standards, the first major, formal step in writing the standards that will guide the procurement and implementation of AI and machine learning technologies within the federal government. And because many private organizations base their decisions on NIST documents, those standards could have repercussions that reach far beyond government purchasing.

Within the draft guideline are sections that deal with a wide variety of topics around AI, including how AI applications are developed, how AI is explained to stakeholders and the public, and how AI applications are used. Security plays a role in several aspects of the proposal, from how to build "trustworthy" AI applications to ensuring that AI's use takes both proper security and proper concern for privacy into account.

The NIST Guideline has been developed as part of the response to the American AI Initiative, established by executive order in February. Within five key areas of emphasis set out in the order, one called for NIST "to lead the development of appropriate technical standards for reliable, robust, trustworthy, secure, portable, and interoperable AI systems." Formal comments on the draft are being accepted through July 19.

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7/8/2019 | 4:03:03 PM
Setting standards
I agree that the way to get a handle on this AI initiative, we need to start now and work towards the planning aspects of AI, however, I don't agree with certain aspects of the document that may need to be reviewed:

 
Maximizing Use of the Voluntary Consensus Standards Process 302 Current and potential future Federal agency engagement in the development and use of 303 AI technical standards and related tools should meet agency requirements and support 304 the Nation's broader needs. OMB Circular A-119: Federal Participation in the 305 Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities21 306 , highlights several Federal government goals for participation 307 and use of voluntary standards: 308 "Many voluntary consensus standards are appropriate or adaptable for the Federal 309 government's purposes. The use of such standards, whenever practicable and 310 appropriate, is intended to achieve the following goals: 311 (i) eliminating the cost to the Federal government of developing its own 312 standards and decreasing the cost of goods procured and the burden of 313 complying with agency regulation; 314 (ii) providing incentives and opportunities to establish standards that serve 315 national needs, encouraging long-term growth for U.S. enterprises and 316 promoting efficiency, economic competition, and trade; and 317 (iii) furthering the reliance upon private sector expertise to supply the Federal 318 government with cost-efficient goods and services." 319 Other relevant statutes and policies include The National Technology Transfer and 320 Advancement Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-113, 1996) (NTTAA) and the World Trade 321 Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (WTO TBT). - NIST AI Standards

 Since the government is not in the business of developing standards for AI, I do think it is essential that we involve Academia (CONUS/OCONUS) and overseas organizations to help define and address a common set of standards (money should not be the limiting factor when we are focused on getting things right). It should be a consortium created to help with establishing the proper standards and protocols when it comes to rolling out AI, this is essential when it comes to attaching this free-thinking AI design to our national infrastructure.

Todd

 
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