President Trump to Sign Order Launching US AI Initiative

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President Trump issued an executive order directing the Federal Government to prioritize research and development of America's artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.

First, the executive order will urge federal funding agencies to step up AI investments.

We got some more details on the administration's thinking in a Wired op-ed written by Michael Kratsios, the White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy.

A senior administration official said the plan does not include funding details and it's up to Congress to appropriate money. "Strengthening investments in the U.S. workforce will ensure that our country is prepared for an economy that will be transformed by new technologies", he said.

The order makes AI dominance the official policy position of the United States and lays out of five principles that will guide future actions: the US must drive technological breakthroughs in AI, develop appropriate technical standards, train current and future generations of American workers to use and work in tandem with automated intelligence, foster public trust in AI technologies and promote an worldwide environment that supports American research and innovation.

Calling on Federal agencies to prioritize "fellowship and training programs to help American workers gain AI-relevant skills through apprenticeships, skills programs, fellowships, and education in computer science and other growing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields".

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"Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States", Trump said in the release.

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". This action will help educate the AI R&D workforce our Nation needs to create and embrace new AI technologies.

Standardization: Creating standards is an oft-discussed topic in AI, but internet standards bodies like the ISO and IEEE have only begun developing technical standards in the past few years.

Many universities in the US, including UTSA, are attempting to hire in order to build a larger pipeline of talent.

"China is investing US$150 billion (S$203.90 billion) by 2030 with the goal of becoming the preeminent AI country in the world". Eighteen countries including Canda, Denmark, France, Mexico, Singapore, and South Korea now have fully funded AI strategies in place, but none have the public-private infrastructure and hardware/software pipeline that exists in China. "You basically need a detailed plan or it's going to run off the road".

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