However, the initiative, details of which were released ahead of President Trump's signing, reportedly failed to provide much substantive detail or cash. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The US government hopes to make it easier to share federal data to experts to develop models that drive "scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security".
"The tone of this executive order reflects a laissez-faire approach to AI development that I worry will have the United States repeating the mistakes it has made in treating digital technologies as inherently positive forces, with insufficient consideration paid to their misapplication", he said. "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. Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.
It also seeks preparing America's workforce for the jobs of the future by directing federal agencies to help Americans gain AI-relevant skills and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
The memo will also "consider ways to reduce barriers to the use of AI technologies in order to promote their innovative application while protecting civil liberties, privacy, American values, and United States economic and national security".
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The order calls upon heads of government AI R&D agencies to explore opportunities for collaboration with non-federal organizations, including those in the private sector, academia, and non-profit realms.
American competitiveness in the AI economy has recently been challenged at the global level.
Standardization: Creating standards is an oft-discussed topic in AI, but internet standards bodies like the ISO and IEEE have only begun developing technical standards in the past few years. America is a bit late to the game when it comes to government action, falling behind countries like China, Canada, and France who have pledged millions of dollars and jobs to foster research and innovation.
President Trump's initiative is welcome news to AI experts, although MIT professor Erik Brynjolfsson and Kate Crawford of New York University's AI Now Institute told U.S. News and World Report they would like to see more specifics about funding and spending for federal AI projects. "China is investing US$150 billion by 2030 with the goal of becoming the pre-eminent AI country in the world".