Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

Yolanda Curtis
February 12, 2019

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

"Americans have profited tremendously from being the early developers and worldwide leaders in AI", according to a statement from the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

"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".

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on South Lawn of the White House before his departure for an annual physical test at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2019.

The White House plan doesn't include any funding details.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence. However, America is hardly the first to have a national AI initiative.

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

The Trump administration is going to create the American AI Initiative with an executive order on Monday, according to the New York Times and Reuters. "We must ensure that advances in AI remain fueled by American ingenuity, reflect American values, and are applied for the benefit of the American people". 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.

The effort comes as China continues making inroads in AI development.

This isn't to say that the US has lost its place as the global leader in AI, given the tremendous influence of companies like Amazon and Google.

The initiative also allows federal agencies to offer more data, models, and computing resources to the country's AI researchers and industries.

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