Griffiths named to new National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

President GriffithsDakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths has been selected by Sen. John Thune to serve as a member of the newly-formed National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

The 15-member commission is part of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for 2019. The independent commission was established to review advances in artificial intelligence, related machine learning developments, and associated technologies.

Griffiths said “Artificial intelligence is incredibly important to the fabric of our nation’s computing, technology, and cyber infrastructure. Through the work of this committee, we will have an opportunity to know where our nation stands as the technology progresses, who the key players are, and how we compare to other countries.”

Griffiths will bring a unique academic perspective to the committee. “This will be an opportunity to ensure that all sectors have a voice on the issues pertinent to artificial intelligence.”

She has previously testified at hearings of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Thune is chairman of that committee. He said President Griffiths “is passionate about expanding educational and research opportunities in computer science and cyber security and developing a tech-enabled workforce. I’m certain she will be a strong asset to the commission.”