The US National Science Foundation has announced a $140 million commitment to create seven new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes in partnership with other federal agencies, universities, and other stakeholders. The statement is a component of a larger federal government initiative to create a coordinated strategy for dealing with the benefits and challenges associated with AI.
The new AI Institutes will advance fundamental AI research that supports ethical and reliable AI systems and technologies, create novel cybersecurity strategies, contribute to creative climate change solutions, deepen our understanding of the brain, and use AI to improve public health and education.
The institutions will assist in addressing the dangers and potential negative effects posed by AI as well as the development of a diverse AI workforce in the United States. With this contribution, the NSF and its funding partners will have contributed about $500 million to the research network of the AI Institutes, which spans practically all 50 states.
The new AI Institutes focus on six research themes, including Trustworthy AI; Intelligent Agents for Next-Generation Cybersecurity; Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry; Neural and Cognitive Foundations of Artificial Intelligence; AI for Decision Making; and AI-Augmented Learning to Expand Education Opportunities and Improve Outcomes.
According to NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, “The National AI Research Institutes are a critical component of our nation’s AI innovation, infrastructure, technology, education, and partnerships ecosystem. These institutes are leading research that will guarantee that our nation is at the forefront of the global AI revolution.”