Hurd Praises Administration’s Request for Increased AI and Quantum Funding

I released the following statement in response to the President’s request for a doubling of research and development spending on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum Information Science in the next two fiscal years:

America must lead in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other technologies that will define the 21st century. I applaud the Administration for recognizing the importance of AI and quantum research and will continue to work with my colleagues to prepare our nation for these challenges and ensure America remains the most important economy in the world.

I have been a leader in calling for a national AI strategy to coordinate efforts across public and private sectors to advance research, development and adoption of AI.

In October 2019, Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02) and I began a new initiative with the Bipartisan Policy Center to develop a bipartisan national AI strategy, which will guide how Congress and the executive branch tackle this critical issue. Also last year, I praised the National Science and Technology Council’s updated National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.

In September 2018, Kelly and I published a white paper, “Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence and its Growing Impact on U.S. Policy,” that detailed the importance of AI to the United States and made policy recommendations for Congress and the executive branch.

From 2015-2019, I spearheaded Congress’s effort to modernize government technology as the Chairman of the Information Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


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