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Trump Signs Order Prioritizing Artificial Intelligence Research

13 February 2019
Trump Signs Order Prioritizing Artificial Intelligence Research

The aim of the new initiative is to boost AI development and funding in the USA and also to ensure that America is a leader when it comes to helping shape global artificial intelligence policies.

There was no specific funding announced for the initiative, the administration official said on a conference call, adding that it called for better reporting and tracking of spending on AI-related research and development.

It directs federal agencies to make data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence experts while maintaining security and confidentiality.

"We can not sit idly by and presume that our leadership is guaranteed", according to a statement released by White House on Monday.

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

"Americans have profited tremendously from being the early developers and global leaders in AI", according to a statement from the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order for an "American AI Initiative" today, which aims to prioritize AI development in the U.S.

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".

The initiative is the first step taken by the United States government to outline some sort of guidelines to help shape its ambitions in machine learning.

The initiative calls on federal agencies to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programs and computer science education.

"It is encouraging to see the White House take action on AI at a time when competition in these strategic technologies is clearly intensifying", Elsa Kania, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, told reporters before Trump officially signed the memo.