A new Senate bill has reportedly been introduced to establish a ‘US-Israel Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research and Development Center’ in efforts to promote bilateral cooperation in AI and support the advancement of the critical field.
US Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) presented the bipartisan legislation, claim reliable sources.
As stated in the bill, the purpose of the center would be to employ the “experience, knowledge, and expertise” of higher education institutions and private sector organizations in the United States and Israel to develop stronger research and development (R&D) cooperation in the fields of natural language processing, machine learning, image classification, speech recognition, object detection, and other sectors.
The Senators reportedly wrote that the center would serve as a hub for robust R&D in the field of AI across the private, public, and education sectors in the two countries.
Senator Rubio, who led the legislation, stated that the US, and the world, benefit massively through joint cooperation and partnerships with Israel – a global tech leader and America’s more critical ally in the Middle East.
Senator Rosen said that the center would be pivotal for maintaining the US’ technological edge and improve the country’s competitiveness. She added that the legislation would enable greater collaboration between the US and Israel and serve as a major hub for novel and emerging AI technologies.
Senator Rubio further stated that the legislation would build on the existing, immensely successful bilateral research ties between the two nations, and help both countries stay ahead of the ever-increasing threat of China’s technological dominance.
Senator Blackburn also reiterated that countering China’s prominent AI progress and destabilizing presence was vital for global security, reports suggest.
Notably, the bill would support the new center with a $10-million-a-year funding for the next five years, out of which up to 50% of the costs of implementing the agreements would come from the US government.