Trump administration unveils order to prioritise and promote AI

US President Donald Trump ordered the government to give greater priority to artificial intelligence but critics said the executive order lacked key details

US President Donald Trump ordered the government to give greater priority to artificial intelligence but critics said the executive order lacked key details

Fortunately Trump is not providing funding announced for the initiative which means that it should probably die a death.

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

The order will instruct federal agencies to focus on artificial intelligence in their research and development efforts, senior administration officials said, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

"Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States", Trump noted in a press statement attached to the order.

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

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

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".

The directive will call for better coordination across government agencies, developing regulatory and ethics rules for the use of artificial intelligence, and require federal departments to track spending on research and development of AI. Eighteen other countries have beaten America to the punch in that regard. That includes high school, undergraduate and graduate fellowships, alternative education and training programs and other scholarships.

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