The Federal government is making strides on its goal to support and advance the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s (OSTP’s) 2016-2019 Progress Report on Advancing Artificial Intelligence R&D, released today.
To keep up with and drive the rapid advancements emerging across the national computing landscape, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released Thursday an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative. “These priorities will help ensure next generation computing will enable technological advancements and scientific discoveries for the benefit of all Americans,” Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said in a statement.
You’ll need an invitation to attend, but on 5 November the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will host a 1-day meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss a host of hot-button issues affecting the U.S. research community. Several dozen university and industry leaders from across the country have been summoned by OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier to advise an internal committee he leads that is trying to harmonize research policies across all federal agencies.
Dr. Brandon Cochenour, an electrical engineer, and Dr. James Hing, a robotics engineer, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the U.S. government’s highest honor for outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers, during a ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. The White House confers on PECASE awards annually to name the nation’s most outstanding STEM professionals who show exceptional promise to advance science and technology.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday said the U.S. has "very serious concerns" about Facebook's plans to launch a new cryptocurrency, adding multiple agencies are worried the new currency could be used to finance terrorism or aid money-laundering schemes.
President Donald J. Trump has announced the 314 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, PECASE, 80 of whom the National Science Foundation nominated. PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
Senior administration officials said during a call with reporters that the order will create a rotational program for cybersecurity staffers within the federal government to let them work at different agencies and pick up new skills. And they said that other measures in the order, like creating a “President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition” for cybersecurity, will ultimately improve the quality of cybersecurity staffers in both the government and in the private sector.
As we mark fifty years since the Apollo 11 mission landed Americans on the Moon, capturing the imagination of the world, our Nation is again on the verge of a new bold era in science and technology. Breakthroughs in medicine, communications, transportation, physics, engineering, biology, and many other fields, will help tackle the greatest challenges of our time and allow Americans to live safer, healthier, and more economically prosperous lives.
For months, the White House has been talking up artificial intelligence as one of America’s most important tech frontiers. Now we’re starting to see some of the dollar signs behind the talk. In newly released budget documents, the Trump administration says it wants to split $850 million in civilian federal spending on AI research and development between the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Energy Department.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced Monday that it has officially launched the National Quantum Coordination Office. The new office, a requirement for which was set out in the National Quantum Initiative Act that President Trump signed into law in December, will coordinate quantum efforts between agencies across the government.