Trump signs order encouraging AI development

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President Donald Trump will push AI with an executive order Monday, several outlets reported. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today announcing the "American AI Initiative", reports the MIT Technology Review.

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

The first principle emphasizes that the USA should "drive technological breakthroughs in AI across the Federal Government, industry, and academia in order to promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security".

Funding: The government will direct federal agencies to "prioritize investments" in AI research and development, but there are no specifics yet regarding how much funding will be requested and who gets it. Similar funding initiatives and development plans for AI innovation have already been established by several countries, including France and China.

Redirect funding: The order will direct federal funding agencies to prioritize investments in artificial intelligence. It suggests apprenticeships, fellowships, skills programs and STEM education.

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Among those, he said OSTP and the White House's Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council "will work with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to craft guidance for AI technologies that will promote innovation while respecting privacy, civil liberties, and American values".

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.

The American AI Initiative also asks agencies to prepare to assist workers whose jobs are impacted by artificial intelligence.

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.

The Center for Data Innovation at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation said the order will help push the USA government and private companies to keep pace with China, but that much more needs to be done. It also may not be sufficiently comprehensive in addressing the threat to America's A.I. dominance posed by China, a nation that vowed to become the world leader in July 2017 and hopes to have a $150 billion A.I. industry in its economy by 2030.

But so far, New Zealand is behind other countries in encouraging AI, and creating an ethical framework, Callaghan boss Victoria Crone says.