Trump administration unveils order to prioritize and promote AI

Ruben Fields
February 12, 2019

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

According to Reuters, the President is set to sign a new executive order which will see federal government agencies not only invest more, but also promote and train AI solutions.

The measure is little more than symbolic.

When asked about the benefit of AI to the American public, the official emphasized how "artificial intelligence is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", pointing to medical care, food production and energy resource extraction as examples.

Experts in the field of artificial intelligence have expressed growing concern that China is advancing plans for global AI dominance, and that the USA needs to catch up.

"We can not sit idly by and presume that our leadership is guaranteed", according to a statement released by White House on Monday.

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The goal of the executive order is to make sure the U.S. is on the spearhead of the development of this new and disruptive technology.

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

Vivek Wadhwa, distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses how the expansion of artificial intelligence may affect US employment.

US efforts to jump-start its AI R&D have stumbled, with the US Department of Defense being reluctant to totally overhaul its legacy systems and US corporations like Google getting cold feet about helping the US state develop weapons of war that make use of artificial intelligence.

The executive order gives the NSTC Select Committee 90 days to pass along recommendations to the NSTC for how to implement such a program.

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