The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a request for information (RFI) on Monday, concerning both the potential and the risks associated with artificial intelligence.

The RFI seeks opinions from consumers, academic and industry researchers, private companies, and charitable foundations in areas like economic impact, academic research, safety and training. The goal is to leverage AI for the public good as it advances in use and popularity.

OSTP announced on May 3  that it would be co-hosting four workshops on AI, three of which have already taken place, and a new National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to monitor AI advancement and inform Federal policy.

As part of this focus on AI, OSTP and Carnegie Mellon University are sponsoring an event Monday and Tuesday that focuses on safety and control for artificial intelligence.

“Many technical leaders now believe that the principal limits on exploiting AI derive primarily from our confidence in the safety of these smart systems–that they will operate in a safe and controlled manner,” the event website states. “Some AI experts have asserted that the ability to assure safety and control is more important to the future of AI even than improvements in the AI algorithms themselves.”

The RFI closes for comment on July 22, and responses must be less than 2,000 words to be considered.

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Jessie Bur is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Cybersecurity, FedRAMP, GSA, Congress, Treasury, DOJ, NIST and Cloud Computing.