Input Sought on Measures that Could Impact US AI Technology Exports

The International Trade Administration is seeking public input by Oct. 17 to gain insight into the current global artificial intelligence market as well as on stakeholder concerns regarding international AI policies, regulations, and other measures that may impact US exports of AI technologies.

The Department of Commerce notes that it has made it a top priority to drive US innovation and global competitiveness in critical and emerging technologies such as AI and is now seeking to enhance its understanding of the AI ​​landscape because this technology impacts existing economic sectors and industries, creates new areas for innovation, and is making its way into global trade discussions. The ITA is broadly defining AI as both the goods and services that enable AI systems, such as data, algorithms and computing power, as well as AI-driven products across all industry verticals, such as autonomous vehicles, robotics and automation technology, medical devices and healthcare, security technology, and professional and business services, among others.

AI-related issues that commenters may consider include:

– any foreign/international AI policies or regulations

– current trade barriers in the AI ​​space and remedies that could resolve these trade barriers

– challenges when it comes to exporting AI products or services

– ways international AI regulations could impact future product or service design and development

– trade policies that could be helpful in supporting small-to-medium sized enterprises that export AI products and services

– parties involved in standards development activities related to AI and outside in which standards development for AI should take place

– challenges faced with regards to protecting AI intellectual property, especially during overseas dealings

– steps the US government could take to best foster and protect IP rights for US AI technologies in overseas dealings

– consideration by industry and/or policymakers of trustworthiness and risk management of AI systems

– role played by global innovation hubs and regulatory sandboxes in US competitiveness in AI, including any specific examples

– US competitiveness (talent, R&D, and commercial exports) in AI compared to other countries

– steps the ITA could take to create more opportunities for US AI technologies in the global marketplace, including any impactful actions the agency could pursue to reduce or remove challenges, risks, and barriers to help US AI technologies compete in the global marketplace

– ways to incorporate AI into existing and future trade agreements to ensure the competitiveness of the US industry

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