On Thursday, the White House released two new reports examining the future of artificial intelligence, and the role government should have in developing the technologies.

The first report, called "Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence," discusses potential applications of A.I., and what they could mean for society. The second, called "The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Research Plan," maps out how the federal government will prioritize funding for A.I. projects.

Here are a few significant takeaways from the reports.

For the public good

Corporations will undoubtedly take the lead on developing commercial applications for A.I. The White House will play a supportive role by providing investments and regulations, especially for technologies that will benefit society (i.e., transportation, healthcare, and environmental issues).

Intersection of regulations

Regulating the use of A.I. technology, like that in self-driving cars, is tricky when state and federal jurisdictions overlap. The report suggests developing industry-wide safety systems, similar to what's been done in commercial aviation.

Early education with a focus on diversity

There are benefits in teaching students about technology while they're still young, according to the White House. STEM education (especially technology) should be implemented in classrooms as early as primary or secondary school.

Published on: Oct 12, 2016