The history of American leadership in technology and innovation is clear: US government investments in next-generation technologies, often incubated in universities and academia, lead to technology transfers that benefit our society, create economic opportunity, and advance America’s national security. The Endless Frontiers Act is a much-needed next step in maintaining American leadership and investment in next-generation technologies. Like many technology companies, CalypsoAI was built through substantial federal R&D investment for fundamental research, and we support Congress’s bold efforts to expand investments to maintain global leadership.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle see China’s massive investments in next-generation technologies and innovation as a direct threat to US economic prosperity and national security. Just last month, Chinese officials announced an increase in government spending on research and development over the next five years.
The Endless Frontiers Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN), was released on April 21st. Last year’s draft of the bill allocated $100 billion and proposed a meaningful roadmap towards competing with our near-peer competitors in ten priority technology areas. Even better, this year’s version is said to make bold, once-in-a-generation investments in technologies of the future.
“Endless Frontiers is bold and necessary. Senators Schumer and Young clearly see that we need serious investments to catalyze innovation, support American leadership in technology, and keep America globally competitive in the national security arena.”— Neil Serebryany, CalypsoAI CEO & Founder
The spirit of collaboration between the federal government and startups is a cornerstone of American ingenuity, and these partnerships serve as an economic engine for our country. From 3M to CalypsoAI, the federal government has a long history of investing basic and applied research funds into American startups.
Before founding CalypsoAI, we were privileged to work in tandem with the federal government on projects at DARPA, NASA, and the Department of Defense. Through these opportunities to partner with the federal government, we researched critical problems in the fields of engineering and data science.
Without this experience, we would not have come to the realization that CalypsoAI’s Secure Machine Learning Lifecycle product was needed to create trusted AI. Federal partnerships extend an opportunity to explore domains, tackle important problems, and develop innovative solutions.
Our current product was generated by early-stage research at the University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology, and the University of Virginia, where we first began our exploration into adversarial machine learning as fellows and research assistants on federally funded projects.
When we founded CalypsoAI in 2018, seeking to accelerate AI applications for national security, the IP we developed resulted from years of working on federal projects. As a result of this research and development, CalypsoAI holds two patents in adversarial AI and machine learning security/robustness.
Today, CalypsoAI partners with the United States Air Force on a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to accelerate the use of AI securely across the force. The SBIR enables us to continue to pioneer research in adversarial machine learning and deliver mission-critical solutions to the defense community.
The success of CalypsoAI is only one story within a constellation of successful technology companies that have enjoyed the support of the federal government through partnerships to fuel innovation. We can personally attest that initiatives like Endless Frontiers generate real jobs, and jobs that support technological innovation for the country.
CalypsoAI encourages founders to tell their stories about how partnerships with federal entities have accelerated innovation and advanced their companies. We are calling on other startups to support Endless Frontiers and share their experiences with government investment in research that supports growth and innovation.
Now is the time to invest in innovation; join us in supporting Endless Frontiers.