Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

The Donald Trump 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 Donald Trump 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

While an official American AI Initiative is a welcome move, those in the industry will be disappointed that the initiative doesn't actually include any new funding for AI development and is pretty light on details besides those laid out above.

"By driving technological breakthroughs in AI, breaking barriers to innovation, preparing our workforce for the jobs of the future, and protecting American advantage in AI, we're ensuring artificial intelligence technologies continue to improve the lives of our people, create jobs, reflect our nation's values and keep Americans safe at home and overseas", the official said. While the order states that it hopes to "promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security", it provides little in the way of financial support for that endeavor.

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

Ivanka Trump and Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft chief financial officer who is now a deputy chief of staff to the president, planned to attend the signing ceremony, according to a statement the White House issued in advance.

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

Mr. Trump's executive action won't call for a specific spending goal on AI, but will call on federal agencies and Congress to "prioritize" such spending, the official said.

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

Without naming China explicitly, Trump's order does state that the USA "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".

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.

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

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.

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

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