Trump Set to Announce 'American Artificial Intelligence Initiative'

Judy Cobb
February 12, 2019

President Donald Trump will push AI with an executive order Monday, several outlets reported.

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

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

"AI is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", a senior administration official said on a conference call, recently. The aim of the new initiative is to boost AI development and funding in the USA and also to ensure that America is a leader when it comes to helping shape global artificial intelligence policies.

Monday's order envisions regulatory guidance to ensure the technology is trustworthy, said the White House official.

The Hill noted that other U.S. agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), were rushing to invest in AI that will "improve predictions of hurricanes and severe storms", according to an agency statement obtained by the publication.

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

Engage internationally: It will call for a strategy for global collaboration that ensures AI is developed in a way that is consistent with American "values and interests".

Artificial intelligence is seen as a way to generate advancements across multiple fields, from defense to health care to transportation.

Last May, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote a note to Trump imploring him to draw up just such a national strategy for retaining USA leadership in AI, noting his fear of China's ambitious plans, the New York Times reported in August.

Though there's no specific budget behind the "American Artificial Intelligence Initiative", the president wants government agencies to invest in research, promotion, and training to help workers prepare for the era of AI.

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