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Under a proposed bill, students studying artificial intelligence at either the undergraduate or graduate level will soon have the opportunity to receive financial support in exchange for agreeing to work for the federal government upon graduation. The AI Scholarship-for-Service Act is cosponsored by senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Thune (R-SD) after agencies are struggling to enlist AI talent. Peters states, “incentivizing professionals who are studying this emerging field to serve in the public sector will help our country remain competitive in the long term, strengthen our national security, and ensure the technology is used ethically for the benefit of all Americans.”

According to FedScoop, the goal behind this act is to incentivize and better prepare the next generation of artificial intelligence talent to be geared towards helping federal agencies. As the U.S. is trying to lead as a global power in the AI space, they will need to continuously recruit experts to be able to compete with China’s dominance in the field. With the goal of enhancing and prioritizing investments in artificial intelligence, this is the type of bipartisan work Americans have been waiting to see!

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