Trump Is Expected to Launch an 'American AI Initiative' Today

Trump administration unveils order to prioritise and promote AI

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

"AI is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", a senior administration official said on the call. The aim of the new initiative is to boost AI development and funding in the USA and also to ensure that America is a leader when it comes to helping shape global artificial intelligence policies.

"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.

"We can not sit idly by and presume that our leadership is guaranteed", according to a statement released by White House on Monday.

Establish standards: It will direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create standards that foster the development of "reliable, robust, trustworthy, secure, portable, and interoperable AI systems".

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 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.

Dubbed the American AI Initiative, the administration will direct agencies to prioritise AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI. Lastly, the USA will foster global collaboration for AI. That includes high school, undergraduate and graduate fellowships, alternative education and training programs and other scholarships.

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