Biden’s AI talent boost

The Commerce Department is beefing up its AI Safety Institute with key hires, according to an announcement shared exclusively with Axios.
Why it matters: The institute was created to help Commerce carry out its many responsibilities under President Biden’s landmark AI executive order.
Paul Christiano will be head of AI safety, designing and conducting tests of the most cutting-edge models that pose national security concerns.
Christiano previously ran a team at OpenAI — among the most closely watched and influential AI companies — where he pioneered safety techniques.
Mara Quintero Campbell will be chief of staff and acting chief operating officer.
Campbell previously ran major projects under Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, including on the CHIPS and Science Act and COVID response.

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