TLDR: Miriam Vogel, who serves on RAII’s Governance Board and leads Equal AI, has been appointed Chair of the National AI Advisory Committee (NAIAC). Under her leadership, NAIAC will advise President Biden and the U.S. Department of Commerce on matters related to AI.
Congrats to Miriam on her selection and to NAIAC for selecting a seasoned expert to guide its direction! Read on to learn more about this important step forward.
What is the National AI Advisory Committee (NAIAC)?
Comprised of 27 members appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National AI Advisory Committee (NAIAC) advises the President and the National AI Initiative Office on issues related to artificial intelligence (AI).
According to a U.S. Department of Commerce press release, NAIAC will “provide recommendations on topics including the current state of U.S. AI competitiveness, the state of science around AI, and AI workforce issues.”
The newly-formed Committee was created in response to the National AI Initiative Act of 2020, and the Committee advises on the management and coordination of the AI Initiative, including its balance of activities and funding.
As Chair, Miriam directs the Committee’s recommendations to the President, along with Vice Chair James Manyika at Google. The Committee benefits greatly from Miriam’s wealth of experience in AI, including her experience serving as Associate Deputy Attorney General leading the President's Equal Pay Task Force, driving AI Academia at Georgetown, and more.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves says that these recommendations “to the President and the National AI Initiative Office will serve as building blocks for U.S. AI policy for decades to come, and I am immensely grateful for their voluntary service.”
Who’s on the Board?
NAIAC includes university professors, members of nonprofits, members of large technology firms and others who were nominated by the public as experts in the space. Members bring experience examining the ethical considerations around AI, workforce implications, and other areas.
“The expertise of the NAIAC will be critical in helping to ensure the United States leads the world in the ethical development and adoption of AI, provides inclusive employment and education opportunities for the American public, and protects civil rights and civil liberties in our digital age,” said the head of the Office of Science and Technology and Deputy Assistant to the President Alondra Nelson.
You can learn more about the National AI Advisory Council here: https://www.ai.gov/naiac/.