NASA appoints its first director of Artificial Intelligence given the growing importance of this technology

NASA appoints its first director of Artificial Intelligence given the growing importance of this technology
NASA appoints its first director of Artificial Intelligence given the growing importance of this technology

The official reason is the mandatory appointment of a CIA directoras required by President Biden’s Executive Order on the Safe and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence.

According to Biden’s executive order, All federal agencies must appoint Artificial Intelligence Directors who not only coordinate the use of AI in the agency, but also establish safeguards to protect human rights and maintain public safety. The US Department of Justice, for example, recently named Princeton professor Jonathan Mayer as its first CAIO.

Another influence is the recent expansion of the use of AI at NASA. Although popularly considered an agency that sends people and objects into space, NASA’s daily work increasingly involves dealing with enormous volumes of data generated by these efforts.

This data comes from multiple sources, including satellites, telescopes, and space missions, as well as monitoring data related to climate change research and exoplanet detection.

The CAIO walk among us

Until recently, AI was seen in most organizations as primarily an engineering issue. But The emergence of generative AI, in particular, has transformed AI into a strategic and business priority. As a result, The CAIO position is becoming fashionable in both government organizations and company boards of directors.

According to a study conducted by Foundry at the end of 2023, 11% of midsize companies had appointed someone to this position and another 21% planned to appoint a CAIO at some point.

 
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