Donald Trump takes steps to make United States global leader in AI

Donald Trump takes steps to make United States global leader in AI

In a memo announcing the "American AI Initiative", the White House outlined the key principles that the order would be based on. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

US President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the US government to give greater priority to artificial intelligence (AI), a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China.

The statement made no mention of China but called for "an action plan to protect the advantage of the U.S. in AI and technology critical to USA national and economic security interests against strategic competitors and foreign adversaries".

It calls on agencies to invest more dollars into current and future programs, train workers for the coming paradigm shift towards automation and enhance "access to high-quality and fully traceable Federal data, models, and computing resources to increase the value of such resources for AI [research and development]". The official also sought to allay concerns that investments in new AI technology may displace American workers, noting that the administration is "very cognizant of" the issue and has already developed programming like apprenticeships and career special education programs to address it.

The memo will also "consider ways to reduce barriers to the use of AI technologies in order to promote their innovative application while protecting civil liberties, privacy, American values, and United States economic and national security". The order encourages federal agencies to prepare the workforce with the skills needed to adapt to and embrace AI technologies.

It is vital for prosperity and security that the U.S. keeps its leadership position in development and implementation of AI technologies. Lastly, the USA will foster global collaboration for AI.

The so-called American AI Initiative does not directly target the communist country, but some experts believe the approach leaves no doubt about the administration's designs. Government bodies like the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be asked to create standards that will guide the development of "reliable, robust, trustworthy, secure, portable, and interoperable AI systems".

Then there's China. Kratsios talked about "winning the race for AI", but none of the USA government's official messaging on the American AI Initiative have explicity named the world's other AI powerhouse, which launched a broad AI funding and development plan in 2017. Eighteen other countries have beaten America to the punch in that regard. However, it does not provide new funding to support these measures, or many details on how the plans will be implemented.

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