Date
19 February 2019
An attendee controls an AI electromyography prosthetic hand at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 9. The Trump administration is directing federal agencies to prioritize AI investments. Photo: Bloomberg
An attendee controls an AI electromyography prosthetic hand at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 9. The Trump administration is directing federal agencies to prioritize AI investments. Photo: Bloomberg

Trump signs order to prioritize and promote AI

US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order asking federal government agencies to dedicate more resources and investment into research, promotion and training on artificial intelligence (AI), Reuters reports.

Under the American AI Initiative, the administration is directing agencies to prioritize AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI, the report said.

There was no specific funding announced for the initiative, but the White House wants better reporting and tracking of spending on AI-related research and development.

Investment in AI is “critical to creating the industries of the future, like autonomous cars, industrial robots, algorithms for disease diagnosis, and more,” the White House said.

The initiative aims to make sure the US maintains its advantage in AI development and related areas, such as advanced manufacturing and quantum computing.

Trump, in his State of the Union speech last week, said he was willing to work with lawmakers to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting-edge industries of the future, calling it a “necessity.”

“AI is something that touches every aspect of people’s lives,” a senior administration official told reporters on Sunday.

“What this initiative attempts to do is to bring all those together under one umbrella and show the promise of this technology for the American people,” the official said.

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