Trump orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

Trump orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

The order, which comes amid concerns about China's ambitions to dominate the sector and the likelihood of disruption for workers as the technology automates millions of jobs, doesn't outline specific funding goals, but says it aims to ensure that AI develops in a manner that reflects USA values and to push training for the future workforce.

US President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order that would have federal agencies dedicate more resources and investment into artificial intelligence (AI) research, training and promotion.

"It is the policy of the United States Government to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D and deployment through a coordinated Federal Government strategy, the American AI Initiative".

Create resources: It will seek to make federal data, computer models, and computing resources available to AI researchers.

President Donald Trump waves after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

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The plan is called the American AI Initiative. However, America is hardly the first to have a national AI initiative.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be in charge of determining the technical guidelines to establish "reliable, robust, trustworthy, secure, portable, and interoperable AI systems".

American workers are also part of the AI initiative, which will equip them with apprenticeships, fellowships, and programs in the AI industry.

"It is encouraging to see the White House take action on AI at a time when competition in these strategic technologies is clearly intensifying", Elsa Kania, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, told reporters before Trump officially signed the memo. It bases these conclusions on the amount of patents each country has, among other things, and IBM is the biggest company with nearly 9,000 patents.

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