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Will mentions of AI or machine learning in the U.S. Congress double in 2019?

Question

The 2018 AI Index report tracks government mentions of AI in U.S. Congress and the U.K. and Canadian Parliaments (see p. 44). Graphically, this measure of government interest follows an exponential trend, peaking at 88 mentions in the U.S. in 2018, up from 26 in 2017 and 9 in 2016.

Will the number of events or conversations in the transcripts of the U.S. Congressional Record, during which the terms _Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning are mentioned at least once, be >=176 in 2019?_

Note that if both terms are mentioned the session counts as "2" towards the overall count. Note also that we exclude the Jan 1 2020 counts.

The full methodology of the report can be found in Appendix 18.


Data

Monthly data of government mentions of AI/ML since 1995, in the U.S., U.K. and Canadian Parliaments, including transcripts of the relevant sessions, can be found here.

Note, however, that country-to-country comparisons can be difficult as the U.K. data counts "comments", whereas the U.S. data counts "events" or "conversations".

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