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Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday directing the US government to prioritize artificial intelligence in its research and development spending, the White House said.

"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.

"Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States", Trump said.

President Donald Trump waves after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

Follow the White House OSTP on Twitter for more updates on the Trump administration's "American AI Initiative".

"This initiative will devote the full resources of the federal government to develop AI", a senior administration official told reporters Sunday, according to The Hill.




Redirect funding: The order will direct federal funding agencies to prioritize investments in artificial intelligence.

The so-called American AI Initiative does not directly target the communist country, but some experts believe the approach leaves no doubt about the administration's designs.

Global links: The US will collaborate on AI with other nations, but ensure that it develops in a way that works with American "values and interests". Eighteen other countries have beaten America to the punch in that regard.

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

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

The order is short on details but directs federal agencies to make government data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence researchers. That includes high school, undergraduate and graduate fellowships, alternative education and training programs and other scholarships.


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