The National AI Research Resource NAIRR, is set to go live in pilot form a year after its proposal.
The initiative, spearheaded by the Biden administration, aims to counter the concentration of AI resources among tech giants and privately funded startups by allocating billions in federal funding to provide public-access tools for aspiring AI scientists and engineers.
Partnering with US agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, NOAA, DARPA, and over two dozen major tech companies, NAIRR boasts an 800 million dollars-per-year budget for the next three years, pending congressional approval.
The initiative aims to democratize AI technology, fostering competitiveness with global rivals. While specific resources are yet to be listed, NAIRR will accept applications and proposals, functioning more like a grant-making process than a free supercomputer.