Trump administration unveils order to prioritise and promote AI

Trump administration unveils order to prioritise and promote AI

First, the executive order will urge federal funding agencies to step up AI investments.

"What we can do is come together as a White House... to provide high-level guidance to the agencies to give them at least a roadmap to use as they think about the issues that you've discussed, including ethics", a Trump administration official said Monday, according to The Hill.

Aimed at bolstering American leadership in AI, the initiative features a "multi-pronged approach" that is categorized into five key pillars: research and development, AI infrastructure, AI governance, workforce and global engagement.

It comes after China and other countries have pledged big investments to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday kickstarting the American AI Initiative, a strategic plan to keep the nation ahead of its competitors in artificial intelligence. The administration says it's up to Congress to appropriate money.

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

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The plan, called the American AI Initiative, is meant to enhance national and economic security and improve Americans' quality of life.

Though there's no specific budget behind the "American Artificial Intelligence Initiative", the president wants government agencies to invest in research, promotion, and training to help workers prepare for the era of AI.

America is widely considered the world leader in artificial intelligence - however, many believe the Chinese government's vast access to data might give it an advantage in the coming years.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be in charge of determining the technical guidelines to establish "reliable, robust, trustworthy, secure, portable, and interoperable AI systems".

"AI is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the signing.

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