National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) Podcast

Podcast Series covering the 2021-2021 development of the U.S. National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) Recommendations and Final Report. The Final Report presents the NSCAI’s strategy for winning the artificial intelligence era. The 16 chapters explain the steps the United States must take to responsibly use AI for national security and defense, defend against AI threats, and promote AI innovation. The accompanying Blueprints for Action provide detailed plans for the U.S. Government to implement the recommendations.

  • Podcast Series 1: First Quarter Recommendations
  • Podcast Series 2: Second Quarter Recommendations
  • Podcast Series 3: Interim Report and Third Quarter Recommendations
  • Podcast Series 4: Highlights from 2020 Quarterly Recommendations
  • Podcast Series 5: AI Commission Final Report Highlights from NSCAI Staff

NSCAI Duties

  • To consider the methods and means necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.
  • Submit to the President and Congress reports on the findings of the Commission and such recommendations that the Commission may have for action by the executive branch and Congress related to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies, including recommendations to more effectively organize the Federal Government.

Episode Highlights


Season 1, Episode 6

Ethical and Responsible AI

In this week’s episode, the last in a series of six, we talked to Eric Horvitz, Commissioner at the National Security Commission on AI and Chief Research Scientist at Microsoft, about the commission’s recommendations to Congress about the need for training, standards and documentation to govern the application of AI in the national security space.


Season 2, Episode 3

Ethical and Responsible AI

Eric Horvitz, an NSCAI commissioner and the chief scientific officer of Microsoft, speaks this week about the commission’s second quarter recommendations to Congress that responsible and ethical uses be a primary consideration in any AI system for national security.


Season 3, Episode 4

Ethical and Responsible AI

This week we talked to NSCAI Commissioner Eric Horvitz about ensuring the interoperability of AI systems with US allies and working to make all AI systems reliable. Beyond interoperability, he discusses the need to address the complexity and possibility of unexpected interactions among AI systems.


Season 4, Episode 1

AI Key Considerations

This week we spoke with NSCAI Commissioner Dr. Eric Horvitz about the AI Key Considerations NSCAI included in its Third Quarter Recommendations submitted to Congress in October 2020.


Season 4, Episode 2

International Standard Bodies: The China Challenge

NSCAI Commissioner Gilman Louie talks about the challenge China poses to international standards bodies that are charting the course for global infrastructure, such as 5G.


Season 4, Episode 8

Accountable AI

NSCAI Commissioner Eric Horvitz talks about human-AI teaming and the need for humans to be accountable for AI decisions.


Season 4, Episode 10

Ethical and Responsible AI: International Standards

NSCAI Commissioner Eric Horvitz talked about the commission’s recommendation that the U.S. government promote international standards in areas that further the responsible use of AI among the U.S. and its allies.


Season 5, Episode 9

Shaping a Favorable International Technology Order with Paul Lekas and Christie Lawrence

Part one of double feature with NSCAI Directors of Research and Analysis Paul Lekas and Christie Lawrence. In this episode, they discuss shaping a favorable international technology order including details on the Emerging Tech Coalition, the International Digital Development Initiative, international standards, development finance and aid, and export controls.


Season 5, Episode 10

The International Democratic Development Initiative with Paul Lekas and Christie Lawrence

Part two of double feature with NSCAI Directors of Research and Analysis Paul Lekas and Christie Lawrence. In this episode, they discuss shaping a favorable international technology order including details on the Emerging Tech Coalition, the International Digital Development Initiative, international standards, development finance and aid, and export controls.