Day One 2025 Idea Open Call Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence

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As the United States navigates the ever-accelerating realm of technological progress and artificial intelligence, it faces a critical imperative: steering innovation towards socially positive, equitable outcomes while mitigating potential harms to consumers and the public. This entails a multifaceted approach, encompassing the promotion of competition in evolving markets, leveraging robust policy frameworks, stringent enforcement mechanisms, and continued investment in research and development. Moreover, cultivating multidisciplinary expertise is essential to comprehensively address the complex interplay between technology and society. By embracing these strategies, the U.S. can proactively shape the trajectory of technological advancement, ensuring it serves the collective good and fosters inclusive prosperity.

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Artificial Intelligence R&D, Opportunities and Risk Mitigation

The next administration must prioritize responsible AI innovation to maintain the U.S. leadership in technology, while adhering to ethical guidelines and standards for AI development and deployment, and ensuring accountability for AI systems’ outcomes to address current and potential harms and uphold public trust. Our key questions here include: 

AI and National Security

AI technology can enhance national security by improving threat detection, intelligence analysis, and strategic decision-making, as well as pose unique threats. There are also security considerations posed by AI across supply chain vulnerabilities, cyber vulnerabilities, and more beyond the military context. The U.S. needs to invest in AI research and development for security purposes while also addressing potential risks such as adversarial attacks and the proliferation of autonomous weapons. Collaboration with international partners is crucial to ensure AI strengthens national security without compromising human rights or escalating conflicts. Our key questions here include: 

Tech & Competition

Protecting competition and innovation in rapidly changing tech markets requires proactive antitrust enforcement, promoting interoperability and data portability where suitable, and fostering a level playing field for startups and smaller firms. A lack of robust competition in the tech industry stifles innovation, reduces accountability, harms consumers and has led to greater social externalities. We must prioritize robust competition for the next wave of emerging technologies, so that the market is not dominated by a small number of entrenched incumbent companies. Our key questions here include: 

Privacy, Safety, and Online Ecosystems

As our online technology ecosystems evolve and enter a new AI-driven era, new risks are emerging both to consumers and to the integrity of broader democratic processes. Advancing privacy and online safety in an era of widespread commercial surveillance practices necessitates creative and ambitious ideas about the future of the online world. This might include comprehensive privacy and data protection regulation, robust enforcement mechanisms, and user empowerment through transparency and control over personal data, as well as new ways of incentivizing better business practices and design features. There is a need for policies that will protect individuals’ rights, establish clear guidelines for data collection, usage, and sharing practices, and steer the online ecosystem to benefit the public and our democracy. Our key questions include: 

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