Trump to sign artificial intelligence order to boost USA competitiveness

Sheri Evans
February 13, 2019

Redirect funding: The order will direct federal funding agencies to prioritize investments in artificial intelligence.

There was no specific funding announced for the initiative, the administration official said on a conference call, adding that it called for better reporting and tracking of spending on AI-related research and development.

The American AI Initiative aims to ensure that the United States retains its research and development advantage in AI and other emerging technologies such as quantum computing and advanced manufacturing.

President Trump plans to sign an executive order that focuses on promoting artificial intelligence - but unlike his most famous science-based initiative, which called for an unrealistic "Space Force", this one is being slammed by critics for insufficient boldness.

The race for AI dominance is heating up and other countries will likely make similar investments into AI and other emerging technologies to remain competitive.

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It also directs agencies to make data more available to developers, set standards for how technology is developed, and calls for a plan to "preserve America's advantage in collaboration" with allies. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will implement standards that support trustworthy AI systems.

Resource availability: AI researchers should have access to federal data, algorithms and computer processing.

Instead, the White House hopes to provide leadership for private industry to take the initiative in developing artificial intelligence.

Employees will have to learn to adapt to the changing effects AI will have on certain industries, and training programs should be provided to help provide them with new skills.

"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.

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