Trump to announce "American AI Initiative" today

U.S. President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday created to beef up how the US approaches artificial intelligence.

While an official American AI Initiative is a welcome move, those in the industry will be disappointed that the initiative doesn't actually include any new funding for AI development and is pretty light on details besides those laid out above. Instead, it will announce a more detailed plan later this year. "This is not an option".

Mr. Trump's executive action won't call for a specific spending goal on AI, but will call on federal agencies and Congress to "prioritize" such spending, the official said.

Create resources: It will seek to make federal data, computer models, and computing resources available to AI researchers.

The order notes that the U.S. "must train current and future generations of American workers with the skills to develop and apply AI technologies to prepare them for today's economy and jobs of the future", pointing to the "heads of implementing agencies" to prioritize grants "within existing Federal fellowship and service programs". The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy said in a statement during the speech on February 5 that AI was among the industries Trump was referring to, alongside 5G broadband, advanced manufacturing and others.

Preparing workers: Agencies will train people to prepare for the changes resulting from AI (such as automaton), through apprenticeships, fellowships and training programs.

In May, a top White House technology official, Michael Kratsios, assured participants from more than 100 companies across several sectors of the economy that the administration would pursue a hands-off regulatory approach to AI to allow it to grow unfettered.

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