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Promoting psychological science in artificial intelligence research

APA pushes for psychology representation in comments on a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Science Foundation Request for Information.
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American Psychological Association. (2022, July 8). Promoting psychological science in artificial intelligence research.

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On June 30, APA filed comments to ensure that the doctrine of psychology is adequately represented in the recently published National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force interim report. In the comments, APA represented three primary areas where psychological science can contribute to research on artificial intelligence, including: increased investments in research on artificial intelligence, ethics of artificial intelligence, and artificial intelligence and implicit bias. APA recommended these areas be represented in the NAIRR’s strategic goals and objectives, the sustainability of the NAIRR, and the privacy and civil rights focus of the group.

The task force, established by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, is responsible for investigating the feasibility and advisability of establishing and sustaining a NAIRR, and to propose a roadmap detailing how the group should be established and sustained. The NAIRR has the potential to shape the future of artificial intelligence policy and investments, particularly in the national security context. For this reason, it is imperative that psychological science and ethics are included in any considerations and operating principles of this group going forward.

APA has previously contributed to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.

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For more information, contact Corbin Evans.