Based on 2 years of research, the final report of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) dramatically reframes the conversation around artificial intelligence (AI). Its straightforward message? “America is not prepared to defend or compete in the AI era” (NSCAI Final Report, p. 1).
Historically, the United States had the freedom to create technological innovation at its own pace, with open markets encouraging fair competition among private companies. But AI is no longer a “luxury good”—it has quickly become a necessity. With adversaries gaining ground, the report argues, the nation is now at risk of falling behind in the worldwide competition to harness AI.