Date
25 May 2018
Washington won’t dictate to private sector as to what the priorities should be in relation to R&D on artificial intelligence, a White House advisor said on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg
Washington won’t dictate to private sector as to what the priorities should be in relation to R&D on artificial intelligence, a White House advisor said on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg

US to give free hand to private sector in AI: Trump advisor

The Trump administration will not stand in the way of the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the United States, a top official said on Thursday, while acknowledging that the technology will displace some jobs, Reuters reports.

“To the greatest degree possible, we will allow scientists and technologists to freely develop their next great inventions right here in the United States,” Michael Kratsios, Trump’s technology policy advisor, was quoted as saying.

The government doesn’t want to dictate “what is researched and developed,” Kratsios said at a White House summit that included representatives of tech giants Google, Facebook and Amazon.

“In the private sector, we will not dictate what is researched and developed. Instead we will offer resources and the freedom to explore,” the official added.

Kratsios acknowledged that “to a certain degree, job displacement is inevitable,” the report said, citing a copy of his remarks provided by the White House.

He added: “But we can’t sit idle, hoping eventually the market will sort it out. We must do what Americans have always done: adapt.”

“We cannot be passive. To realize the full potential of AI for the American people, it will require the combined efforts of industry, academia, and government,” Kratsios said.

The White House said it will create a new committee on AI.

The panel will be comprised of the most senior research and development officials across the US government, tasked with looking at R&D priorities and coordinating federal investments.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who attended the summit, said in a blog post that “without an AI strategy of its own, the world’s technology leader risks falling behind.”

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