Engine responded to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on their Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on the review of export controls for certain “emerging and foundational technologies.” The ANPRM is part of the recently passed Export Control Reform Act of 2018 which seeks to curb exports on national security technology. Worrying startups, several fundamental dual-use technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, and robotics were included as technologies that could be subject to regulation.
As a policy organization representing startups who are advancing technology, we weighed in to remind the Administration that the next great products using artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, drones, augmented reality, or advanced computing technology will undoubtedly be created by American startups. Therefore, the definition of “emerging technologies” that are essential to our national security is one that needs to be carefully crafted as to not hamper innovation. Additionally, we urge the BIS to find a narrowly tailored solution, implemented in a transparent and multilateral manner, that specifically addresses national security concerns.
Read our full comments here.