Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Trump Signs EO Targeting China’s Growing Dominance In Artificial Intelligence

Trump Signs EO Targeting China’s Growing Dominance In Artificial Intelligence

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday kickstarting the American AI Initiative, a strategic plan to keep the nation ahead of its competitors in artificial intelligence.

It also says federal agencies will establish guidance to ensure the new technologies are developed in a safe, trustworthy way. While the order states that it hopes to "promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security", it provides little in the way of financial support for that endeavor. The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy said in a statement during the speech on February 5 that AI was among the industries Trump was referring to, alongside 5G broadband, advanced manufacturing and others.

"I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future", Trump said in a White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) press statement.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.

When asked about the benefit of AI to the American public, the official emphasized how "artificial intelligence is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", pointing to medical care, food production and energy resource extraction as examples.

The goal of the executive order is to make sure the United States is on the spearhead of the development of this new and disruptive technology.

The Hill noted that other U.S. agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), were rushing to invest in AI that will "improve predictions of hurricanes and severe storms", according to an agency statement obtained by the publication. However, America is hardly the first to have a national AI initiative. It bases these conclusions on the amount of patents each country has, among other things, and IBM is the biggest company with nearly 9,000 patents. Lastly, the US 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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