Trump administration unveils order to prioritise and promote AI

The U.S.is the global leader in AI technology right now, but other countries are catching up fast.

Research and development: Federal funding agencies will be asked to "prioritize AI investments" in their allocations.

"Heads of implementing agencies that also perform or fund R&D (AI R&D agencies), shall consider AI as an agency R&D priority", the order states, noting, "Heads of such agencies shall take this priority into account when developing budget proposals and planning for the use of funds in Fiscal Year 2020 and in future years".

"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.

US President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritise research and development in artificial intelligence.

It comes after China and other countries have pledged big investments to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care.

"Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States", Trump said. The White House in December hosted a listening session with the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm to field ideas for securing American dominance in AI and other fields such as quantum computing and faster wireless technology known as 5G. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will implement standards that support trustworthy AI systems.

Employees will have to learn to adapt to the changing effects AI will have on certain industries, and training programs should be provided to help provide them with new skills.

"AI is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", a senior administration official said on a conference call, recently.

Vanessa Coleman

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