White House’s $140M AI Investment Ahead of Top AI CEO Meeting

Ahead of today’s meeting with top AI CEOs, the White House announced it would invest $140 million to create seven AI research hubs and released new guidance on AI.

Top CEOs in AI Gather at the White House

Today the White House will host a meeting with top AI CEOs including, Alphabet/Google, Anthropic, Microsoft, and OpenAI. 

Why it matters: AI is an incredibly powerful tool that has amazing benefits and, unfortunately, risks. In the invitation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy director Arati Prabhakar wrote, “We aim to have a frank discussion of the risks we each see in current and near-term AI development, actions to mitigate those risks, and other ways we can work together to ensure the American people benefit from advances in AI while being protected from its harms.”

The White House also hopes to get the AI developers to agree to have their products reviewed at the upcoming DEF CON cybersecurity conference in August.

We will update this article after the meeting with more insights. 

Big announcement: Ahead of today’s meeting, the White House announced it would invest $140 million to create seven AI research hubs and released new guidance on AI. The additional research hubs will mean a total of 25 AI research institutes will be operating across the country.

More AI actions from the White House: 

  • Last year, the government unveiled a "Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights" and also revealed plans to establish a National AI Research Resource.
  • In February, an executive order was signed aimed to prevent bias and discrimination in AI.
  • Later this year, ​​draft policy guidance will be released on the use of AI systems by the federal government. 

Dive deeper: 

Why are AI Discussions Happening Now? 

Catch up quick: In the past, AI has been rather basic, with a focus on performing simple tasks and solving fundamental logical problems. Early AI systems had limited capabilities and were unable to learn and adapt independently.

These AI systems were reactive, rather than proactive, and relied on a set of predefined rules and instructions. This meant that there was no room for creativity or spontaneity.

More recently, AI's capabilities have truly evolved into an incredibly powerful tool. The new generation of AI has the ability to be creative, learn, and ultimately be proactive. For example:

  • Midjourney: takes text and runs it through AI to create images. 
  • ChatGPT: AI technology can assist with tasks such as composing emails, essays, and code. 
  • Seer: AI generates an accurate and digestible summary of the legislative bill and tracks text changes. Users can also receive clarity on the meaning of the bill by chatting. 

Is AI Empowering or Dangerous? 

To quote the late and great Uncle Ben, “With great power comes great responsibility.” 

Okay, Spidey, but let’s bring it back to AI. 

On the one hand, AI has the potential to: 

On the other hand, AI raises concerns which is what the White House is trying to prevent, that include: 

  • Privacy and security risks
  • Algorithmic bias 
  • Potential for misuse by bad actors 

There is no doubt that AI has amazing potential, but as the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights states, “This important progress must not come at the price of civil rights or democratic values.”

Why We’ll Be Watching the ​​Draft Policy on AI Systems Used in the Federal Government 

In state policy-making, there's often more noise than signal. The sheer volume of data and bills makes it challenging to identify the critical insights needed to make informed decisions quickly. This is where AI can help. 

Why it matters: Being prepared and well-informed is a vital part of success at state capitals, but the sheer volume of information to sift through can be overwhelming. AI can be incredibly helpful for policymakers, lobbyists, and interested citizens who would need to read through lengthy and complex bills in their entirety to understand them. With AI, a person can quickly: 

  • Analyze and process enormous amounts of text and data quickly and accurately. 
  • Generate simple explanations that are accurate summaries of a bill's content.
  • Reduce manual work being done by teams of interns.
  • Increase human connection by doing tedious computer work on behalf of policymakers.

The bottom line: Collecting, tracking, and processing data about bills is a necessary part of policy making, but we don’t have to waste precious time and labor doing it. Data entry and analysis is work AI can do, and do really well, which allows you to do the work you do best—connecting with people. 

We believe AI can be one of the most powerful assets for untangling state politics, which is why we created the Seer platform. We are excited to see how AI can be used to untangle and make the federal government more efficient. 

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