Two federal Artificial Intelligence (AI) reports were released in October and announced on the White House Blog . The documents were co-authored by Discovery and Systems Health (DaSH) Data Sciences Group Lead, Dr. Nikunj Oza, and Code T Director, Dr. Rupak Biswas. In particular, the “The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan” report (which Nikunj Oza represented for NASA and co-authored) lays out a strategic plan for federally-funded research and development in AI. The “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence” report (which Rupak Biswas represented for NASA and was involved in preparing the document) surveys the current state of AI, its existing and potential applications, and the questions that progress in AI raises for society and public policy. The report also makes recommendations for specific further actions.
BACKGROUND: Advances in AI technology hold considerable potential to help the U.S. stay on the cutting edge of innovation. Already, AI technologies have opened up new markets and new opportunities for progress in critical areas such as health, education, energy, and the environment. In recent years, machines have surpassed humans in the performance of certain specific tasks, such as some aspects of image recognition. Although it is very unlikely that machines will exhibit broadly applicable intelligence comparable to or exceeding that of humans in the next 20 years, experts forecast that rapid progress in the field of specialized AI will continue, with machines reaching and exceeding human performance on an increasing number of tasks.
In the coming years, AI will continue contributing to economic growth and will be a valuable tool for improving the world in fields as diverse as health care, transportation, the environment, criminal justice, and economic inclusion. The White House believes that it is critical that industry, civil society, and government work together to develop the positive aspects of the technology, manage its risks and challenges, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to help in building an AI-enhanced society and participating in its benefits.
Code TI has a large number of researchers who have expertise in AI technology that are being employed in a wide variety of projects, including Earth Science (classification, anomaly detection, etc.), Aeronautics (autonomy, systems health management, controls, etc.), and Exploration (fault management, optimization for operations, etc.) and has a dedicated group for Data Mining and Machine Learning in the Discovery and Systems Health Technical Area.
NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) project, Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD); Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) program, Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO)
POINT OF CONTACT: Nikunj C. Oza, firstname.lastname@example.org