Trump Signs EO Targeting China’s Growing Dominance In Artificial Intelligence

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This initiative, which will elevate federal funding for AI research and support US -led AI worldwide standards, doesn't contain new AI development funding or additional details on next steps, The Verge reported.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday directing the USA government to prioritize artificial intelligence in its research and development spending, the White House said. The White House in December hosted a listening session with the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm to field ideas for securing American dominance in AI and other fields such as quantum computing and faster wireless technology known as 5G.

The plan, called the American AI Initiative, is meant to enhance national and economic security and improve Americans' quality of life.

MIT Technology Review reported that the "American AI Initiative" has five main goals: Redirect investments, develop AI research resources, create AI standards, prepare American workers for AI changes, and engage in worldwide AI efforts.


A senior administration official said the plan does not include funding details and it's up to Congress to appropriate money.

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

Worldwide links: The US will collaborate on AI with other nations, but ensure that it develops in a way that works with American "values and interests".

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 initiative is the first step taken by the U.S. government to outline some sort of guidelines to help shape its ambitions in machine learning.

But so far, New Zealand is behind other countries in encouraging AI, and creating an ethical framework, Callaghan boss Victoria Crone says.

The effort comes as China continues making inroads in AI development. Lastly, the USA will foster worldwide collaboration for AI.


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