Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on its Plan for Global Engagement on AI Standards. The following can be attributed to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:

“The U.S. must be the global leader in AI investment, research, development, and deployment to ensure it is implemented safely across the world. As hostile nations look to set international AI standards, America must lead in setting the rules of global AI governance, rather than having them dictated to us by others.

“NIST must play a leading role in setting consistent AI safeguards globally and partner with international standards organizations to develop a cohesive strategy that avoids a fragmented set of rules for AI development that could hinder American innovation.

“Any new global AI standards must also be built on consistent scientific practices and evidence, not policy preferences, and remain voluntary. This will enable continued innovation in AI development, allow for real-time testing of standards, avoid locking in methods that could hinder AI development, and support market competition.

“We appreciate NIST’s efforts to guide international standards development. We will continue to work with the Administration to advance America’s leadership in AI and encourage the federal government to remain focused on working with the private sector on AI policy and collaborative scientific research.”

You can read our comments here.