The United States just announced the creation of a new AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC) one day after the U.S. AI Safety Institute (USAISI) named its first Director. The appointment of Elizabeth Kelly as Director was announced by Gina Marie Raimondo, the Secretary of Commerce of the United States. The Consortium has an open playing field as it looks for ways to bring together over 200 companies and organizations developing advanced AI systems. How can we be more aware of AI’s presence in the economy? One way might be to check out data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. They can provide clues about the impact of AI in the economy. The Trademark Office can show us what’s happening and what we might expect to happen in the business world. It’s clear there’s a lot of activity related to AI services, speech recognition, natural language, banking, and much more. As of the end of last year, there were almost 8,000 trademarks with regards to artificial intelligence technology. Side note: The numbers of trademarks claiming AI still isn’t as high as chocolate or beer. But, if we look at the trajectory of IP claims around the word “internet,” the future may see a much higher volume of AI trademarks. Let’s keep an eye on the numbers, folks.