Today, Cisco announced that it joined more than 200 of the nation’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) stakeholders to participate in a U.S. Department of Commerce initiative to support the development and deployment of trustworthy and safe AI. Established by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) will bring together AI creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations to meet this mission.
“Responsible AI offers enormous potential for humanity, businesses, and public services, and Cisco firmly believes that a holistic, simplified approach will help the U.S. safely realize the full benefits of AI. Guided by our own Responsible AI principles and framework, and with over a decade of experience deploying AI at scale, Cisco proudly endorses the mission of AISIC. We are proud to collaborate with NIST and other consortium members to maintain a commitment to transparency, fairness, accountability, reliability, security, and privacy in this new digital era.”
— Nicole Isaac, Cisco VP of Global Public Policy
“The U.S. government has a significant role to play in setting the standards and developing the tools we need to mitigate the risks and harness the immense potential of artificial intelligence. President Biden directed us to pull every lever to accomplish two key goals: set safety standards and protect our innovation ecosystem. That’s precisely what the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium is set up to help us do. Through President Biden’s landmark Executive Order, we will ensure America is at the front of the pack – and by working with this group of leaders from industry, civil society, and academia, together we can confront these challenges to develop the measurements and standards we need to maintain America’s competitive edge and develop AI responsibly.”
— U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo
The consortium includes more than 200 member companies and organizations that are on the frontlines of developing and using AI systems, as well as the civil society and academic teams that are building the foundational understanding of how AI can and will transform our society. These entities represent the nation’s largest companies and its innovative startups; creators of the world’s most advanced AI systems and hardware; key members of civil society and the academic community; and representatives of professions with deep engagement in AI’s use today. The consortium also includes state and local governments, as well as non-profits. The consortium will also work with organizations from like-minded nations that have a key role to play in setting interoperable and effective safety around the world.
View the full list of U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) participants.