Trump signs AI initiative to ensure American leadership

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President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Monday aimed at boosting US investment in, and development, of artificial intelligence capabilities.

The American AI Initiative aims to ensure that the USA retains its research and development advantage in AI and other emerging technologies such as quantum computing and advanced manufacturing.

"It is the policy of the United States Government to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D and deployment through a coordinated Federal Government strategy, the American AI Initiative".

Federal agencies should prioritize in funding research that will "directly benefit the American people", such as healthcare and education.

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

The order will instruct federal agencies to focus on artificial intelligence in their research and development efforts, senior administration officials said, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

While there was no specific funding announced for the initiative, an administration official did reveal that it called for improved reporting and tracking of funds spent on AI research and development.

Global 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".

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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.

It's well understood that this is directed at Beijing, which in July 2017 unveiled its plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

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.

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The executive order gives the NSTC Select Committee 90 days to pass along recommendations to the NSTC for how to implement such a program.

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