Trump to Sign Artificial Intelligence Order

U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump

Dubbed the American AI Initiative, the administration will direct agencies to prioritise AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI.

The order - dubbed the American AI Initiative - is expected to give guidance on regulation.

"Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States", Trump said.

The White House plan doesn't include any funding details.

"AI is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the signing.

This initiative, which will elevate federal funding for AI research and support USA -led AI global standards, doesn't contain new AI development funding or additional details on next steps, The Verge reported.

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"I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future", Trump said in a White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) press statement.

The so-called American AI Initiative does not directly target the communist country, but some experts believe the approach leaves no doubt about the administration's designs.

Without naming China explicitly, Trump's order does state that the U.S. "must promote an worldwide environment that supports American AI research and innovation and opens markets for American AI industries, while protecting our technological advantage in AI and protecting our critical AI technologies from acquisition by strategic competitors and adversarial nations".

Federal agencies should prioritize in funding research that will "directly benefit the American people", such as healthcare and education.

It's well understood that this is directed at Beijing, which in July 2017 unveiled its plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

This isn't to say that the US has lost its place as the global leader in AI, given the tremendous influence of companies like Amazon and Google. "Companies like Google are also expanding their operations in countries like China, France and Canada, as the A.I. talent in those countries continues to expand".

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