Trump signs order on artificial intelligence

Even now at the earliest stages of commercializing these technologies, we have seen the power and potential of AI to support workers, diagnose diseases, and improve our national security.

Under the American AI Initiative, agencies would be directed to prioritize AI investments in research and development while also increasing access to federal data and models needed to facilitate research.

The statement made no mention of China, but called for "an action plan to protect the advantage of the USA in AI and technology critical to United States national and economic security interests against strategic competitors and foreign adversaries".

"The United States is the world leader in AI research and development (R&D) and deployment", the order stated.

Engage internationally: It will call for a strategy for global collaboration that ensures AI is developed in a way that is consistent with American "values and interests".

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in the field of artificial intelligence.

"Americans have profited tremendously from being the early developers and worldwide leaders in AI", a White House statement said.

In addition to the economic advantages that artificial intelligence offers, the Trump administration recognized the friction the technology could cause with job disruption and unintended social consequences. "Companies like Google are also expanding their operations in countries like China, France and Canada, as the A.I. talent in those countries continues to expand".

Instead, the White House hopes to provide leadership for private industry to take the initiative in developing artificial intelligence. According to Wired, Parker is now working on a detailed national AI research strategy.

The Center for Data Innovation at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said the order will help push the US government and private companies to keep pace with China, but that much more needs to be done. "It is important for the United States to keep pace because AI will transform many different sectors". "If we want Western values to thrive, we need to play a role in maintaining and even extending the technological strength we've long had", he added.

Automation: Massive changes to the workforce are an inevitability as AI replaces more human jobs and creates new ones.

The impact of artificial intelligence will extend across the entire department, spanning from operations and training to recruiting and healthcare, said Dana Deasy, Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense.

However, it stresses an "international engagement" instead of the worldwide cooperation most AI researchers and industrialists call on.

Vanessa Coleman

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