Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence


President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today announcing the "American AI Initiative", reports the MIT Technology Review.

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. So far, the US has lacked a high-level strategy to pursue dominance in the field.

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.

"Artificial intelligence is something that touches every aspect of people's lives, from the way that they receive medical care to the way they grow or eat their food, to the way that energy is extracted throughout the country", an administration official said Sunday.

"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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"What we can do is come together as a White House... to provide high-level guidance to the agencies to give them at least a roadmap to use as they think about the issues that you've discussed, including ethics", a Trump administration official said Monday, according to The Hill.

Research and development: Federal funding agencies will be asked to "prioritize AI investments" in their allocations.

Create resources: It will seek to make federal data, computer models, and computing resources available to AI researchers.

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