Congress Seeks Creation of National Research Cloud for Artificial Intelligence

Nextgov | June 05, 2020

A bipartisan cadre of tech-focused legislators in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would direct the federal government to develop a national cloud computing infrastructure for artificial intelligence research. Introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Thursday, the National Cloud Computing Task Force Act would convene a mix of technical experts across academic, industry and government. The group would develop a nuanced roadmap for how the nation should build, deploy, govern and sustain a national research cloud for AI.

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AI is a tool that can help government agencies deal with the rapid proliferation of data. In this demo, IBM IT Architect Michael Flores shows how IBM AI Assistant for Government augments human capabilities through natural language processing, image analysis and more. Here, the Assistant takes a photo of a AK-47 and can relay information from agency data stores, mission documents, and other resources to give the user ballistics, forensics and other context on that weapon.

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AI is a tool that can help government agencies deal with the rapid proliferation of data. In this demo, IBM IT Architect Michael Flores shows how IBM AI Assistant for Government augments human capabilities through natural language processing, image analysis and more. Here, the Assistant takes a photo of a AK-47 and can relay information from agency data stores, mission documents, and other resources to give the user ballistics, forensics and other context on that weapon.

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