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AI a Focus as ­.S. Preps Export Controls

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Considering which technologies should face export controls.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has requested input on technologies that should receive heightened export controls.


Following legislation passed this summer, the U.S. Commerce Department put out a call for input by Dec. 19 on which of 14 emerging technologies should face export controls.

The call listed aspects of artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, semiconductors, robotics, drones, biotechnology, and advanced materials as possible candidates.

The notice gave special attention to AI, specifying 10 areas including computer vision, natural-language processing, and AI chipsets.

The effort aims to determine which emerging technologies could be strategic to national security, and how to identify and control them without negatively impacting U.S. leadership in the science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing sectors.

ACM is one of several organizations requesting a maximum 60-day extension of the deadline to submit responses, due to the effort's "enormous import not only to national security, but to the future of American technological progress in industry and academia."

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