Nationalize the Data: How the US Can Beat China in AI

America reaped the benefits of this investment for decades to come as American scientists and engineers won the Space Race, developed cutting edge medical treatments, and developed leading research institutions and universities.With China aspiring to lead the development of artificial intelligence (AI), some American observers have cried “Sputnik” and implored policy makers to pump more money into STEM fields so that the United States does not fall behind..Where as the moonshot was a narrowly defined government project, leading the AI revolution is a broad and nebulous societal goal.The transformative nature of artificial intelligence suggests that the best way for the United States to stay at the forefront of AI development is to leverage its current leading position to enable future innovation..Indeed, at least for a short period after its collection, tech firms need to keep the data they collect private so that they can use it to develop products and services..However, if tech firms were required to publish their data after a period of several years the result would be a boon in AI research and development with minimal impact on company profits.Under this arrangement the US Federal Government would receive and store the “outdated” data from the servers of large tech firms after the data passed outside the window of proprietary use..While big tech has done a good job developing artificial intelligence on its own, we should pass legislation that would open up the field to new players to encourage competition and innovation.In addition to spurring AI development in the US, a data publishing bill may bring other benefits as well.. More details

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