NASA has a new chief who will keep the agency on the cutting edge

The Independent

NASA has appointed its first-ever chief artificial intelligence (AI) officer, a move designed to ensure that the agency keeps up with a vital and rapidly evolving field.
That person is David Salvagnini, who was serving as NASA’s chief data officer.
Related: How AI could help find alien planets and asteroids As Nelson noted, NASA has been implementing AI tech for a while now, for a variety of purposes.
Salvagnini will be in charge of mapping out NASA’s broad vision for AI development and usage, and for spearheading innovation with the tech.
“In his expanded capacity, Salvagnini will continue NASA’s collaboration with other government agencies, academic institutions, industry partners and other experts to ensure the agency is on the cutting edge of AI technology,” agency officials wrote in the statement.
Salvagnini joined NASA in June 2023 after working in the intelligence community for more than 20 years.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2005 as a communications and computer systems officer, according to the NASA statement.
There wasn’t exactly a vacuum in AI leadership before Salvagnini’s appointment; Kate Calvin, NASA’s chief scientist, had been serving as the agency’s acting responsible AI official.

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The United States space agency, NASA, has appointed its first-ever chief artificial intelligence (AI) officer in an effort to stay abreast of this crucial and quickly developing field.

David Salvagnini, the former chief data officer of NASA, is that person.

“NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated in a statement today (May 13) announcing the appointment that “artificial intelligence has been safely used at NASA for decades and as this technology expands, it can accelerate the pace of discovery.”.

“It’s critical that we continue to lead the way in innovation and responsible usage,” Nelson said. “David will spearhead NASA’s endeavors to direct our organization’s ethical application of artificial intelligence (AI) in space and on Earth for the good of all people in his new capacity. “.

Related: AI’s potential to aid in the search for asteroids and planets in space.

As Nelson pointed out, NASA has been using AI technology for a number of reasons for some time. To help better understand the environmental effects of global warming and how to mitigate them, the agency, for instance, uses AI in its advanced climate modeling work.

NASA’s broad AI development and application strategy will be mapped out by Salvagnini, who will also be leading the tech’s innovation.

Agency officials said in the statement that Salvagnini “will continue NASA’s collaboration with other government agencies, academic institutions, industry partners and other experts to ensure the agency is on the cutting edge of AI technology” in his expanded capacity.

Salvagnini spent more than 20 years working in the intelligence community before joining NASA in June 2023. His most recent position was chief architect and director of the architecture and integration group in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Salvagnini is also a man in the military. He was in the U.S. Army. S. , having served in the Air Force for twenty-one years, retiring in 2005 as an officer of communications and computer systems, as stated by NASA.

As NASA’s chief scientist Kate Calvin had been acting as the agency’s responsible AI official, there wasn’t exactly a leadership void in AI prior to Salvagnini’s appointment.

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