Introducing a bipartisan bill to create a US-Israeli AI research and development center – MeriTalk
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation that would create a US-Israel Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development center earlier this month.
Bill co-sponsors Reps Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, Grace Meng, D, NY, Dean Phillips, D, Minn., And Mike Waltz, R-Fla., Said that the center is intended to “deepen bilateral cooperation in the field of AI and contribute to the advancement of this critical field”.
“A partnership with Israel and the development of an artificial intelligence research center will help our generation take the lead in R&D globally,” said representative Auchincloss. “By investing in the technologies of the future with our allied partners, we can build an economy that prepares us to meet the challenges of the next generation. “
The legislation directs the Secretary of State to work with the Secretary of Commerce and heads of other relevant federal agencies to establish a joint US-Israel AI center in the United States. The center will serve as a hub for robust AI research and development in the public, private and education sectors in both countries, the bill’s co-sponsors said in a press release.
“Israel is our most important and closest ally in the Middle East, and we must ensure that our common security partnership also extends to emerging technologies,” said Representative Gonzalez. “We know that the development of effective artificial intelligence is crucial for our national interests and those of Israel. “
The legislation joins an accompanying bill to the Senate. The bill, introduced in June this year, is sponsored by Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jacky Rosen, D-Nav., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., And Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
“To maintain our technological lead and improve our competitiveness, the United States must act now to rapidly deploy AI systems. As the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence rightly points out, harnessing the benefits of allied innovation is essential to win the age of AI, ”Senator Rosen said during the presentation. of the bill in the Senate. “To help us stay ahead of the curve, this bipartisan legislation would allow for greater collaboration between the United States and Israel – a major hub for new and emerging AI technologies. Together, we can develop AI technologies that improve our national security and the US-Israel relationship. I thank Senators Rubio, Cantwell and Blackburn for their leadership on this bill. “