U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will sign an executive order asking federal government agencies to dedicate more resources and investment into research, promotion and training on artificial intelligence (AI), a senior administration official said.
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.
"Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States", Trump said.
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.
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Monday's order envisions regulatory guidance to ensure the technology is trustworthy, said the White House official.
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.
"[The The American AI Initiative]... will accelerate the ability of [NOAA] researchers to create AI that can assimilate the massive amounts of big data from our environmental satellites into our weather models to improve predictions of hurricanes and severe storms", it continues.
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 global AI efforts. The socialist country set aside $150 billion for industrial investment, prompting a number of other countries with strong tech sectors, including South Korea, the UK, France and Canada, to launch their own AI investment initiatives.