How U.S. Innovation Can Drive Generative AI


(NewsUSA) - Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) is converging with other fields in ways that will change the nature of innovation and promote a stronger, more general form of AI, according to experts at the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), a bipartisan nonprofit organization. Mastering GenAI will be critical in the technology competition and the United States should adopt measures to organize, drive, and ensure it has the fuel and resources to sustain America’s role as the world’s leading innovation power.

In a new report, SCSP explains how GenAI acts like an “innovation flywheel” and outlines some steps the U.S. could take to translate this innovative power into greater national security.

The flywheel includes four stages, the SCSP report explains.

1) GenAI is converging with other strategic technology sectors (biotech, energy, advanced manufacturing).

2) The resulting innovations are changing how the world works, and illustrating the immense opportunities of AI.

3) These opportunities are driving organizations – from governments to startups – to reprioritize their strategies to adapt and leverage the value of GenAI.

4) This reprioritization fuels changes in the foundational technology inputs that make GenAI work: computing hardware, algorithms, data, and talent.

For the U.S. to become a world leader in GenAI, SCSP outlines eight bold goals:

●Establish a Technology Competitiveness Council, Office of Global Competition Analysis, and a U.S. Advanced Technology Forum to execute technology strategy.

●Develop a top-down counterpart to a Digital Service Academy; this academy would teach government leaders about the latest developments in GenAI, inspired by the Senate’s AI Insight Forums.

●Scale a new model of public-private partnerships within the U.S. national laboratory system to focus on GenAI and other AI applications.

●Cooperate on national security-focused, government-led moonshots to address national security challenges and spur the innovation that leads to positions of advantage in strategic technologies.

●Get back to basic research in areas where GenAI converges with other scientific fields and tech sectors.

●Expand overall federal funding for research & development, starting with increases to federal non-defense AI, that would jumpstart GenAI’s potential to accelerate innovation itself.

●Start a GenAI-enabled rapid grant program

●Establish an annual technology innovation fund to support investment in strategic technology targets.

“The current GenAI moment is an opportunity to get federal R&D spending – the lifeblood of innovation – back on track,” according to SCSP.

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