The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on the current state, plans, challenges, and opportunities related to artificial intelligence (AI) technical standards, as well as priority areas for federal involvement in AI standards-related activities, pursuant to the February 11, 2019, Executive Order (EO) on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. The EO directs NIST to create a plan for federal government engagement in the development of technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies.
For assistance in developing the plan, NIST is seeking input from federal agencies, the private sector, academia, non-governmental entities, standards organizations, and others with an interest and expertise in AI. A workshop has been scheduled for May 30 at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, to engage these stakeholders in discussions that will advance the development of the AI plan.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is developing a response to the RFI, and strongly encourages its members and constituents to contribute to ANSI's response by May 20, or submit their own feedback to NIST by the May 31 deadline.
According to the RFI, "Timely and fit-for-purpose AI technical standards - whether developed by national or international organizations - will play a crucial role in the development and deployment of AI technologies, and will be essential in building trust and confidence about AI technologies and for achieving economies of scale."
Specifically, the RFI calls for information to help NIST understand the:
For full details and submission information, see the RFI in the Federal Register. If you are interested in contributing to the ANSI response, please contact Mary Saunders, ANSI's vice president for government relations.
For registration information, see the NIST Federal Engagement in Artificial Intelligence Standards Workshop event page.