White House budget shifts R&D focus to AI

“The Department of Energy and its National Laboratories are playing a central role in advancing the state of artificial intelligence technologies, according to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Kelvin Droegemeier.”

“While giving testimony at a Feb. 27 House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing, Droegemeier told members of Congress that despite budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration across a range of research and development priorities in government, the White House has prioritized investments in areas like AI and quantum computing.”

“He pointed to work being done by Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists use machine learning and other AI tools to conduct research on cancer screening, job displacement and even the developing public health models for the emerging coronavirus outbreak.”

“‘I just got a note from the undersecretary of science yesterday. He said we’re actually using this information on these computers now with the coronavirus to see how you actually simulate the virus … to get way out ahead to look at what possible pathways are the best,’ Droegemeier said. ‘You think, ‘Well, why would an Energy lab do that?’ Because they have the capability and are part of the American R&D enterprise.’” Read the full article here.

Source: WH budget shifts R&D focus to quantum, AI – By Derek B. Johnson, February 28, 2020. FCW.


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