Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

Joanna Estrada
February 11, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on South Lawn of the White House before his departure for an annual physical test at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2019.

USA president Donald Trump wants his country to spend more on artificial intelligence (AI) technology research.

The order calls for making federal data and computing resources more accessible to researchers, and for federal government agencies to use fellowships and training programs to prepare workers to operate in positions that utilize 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.

It's often said that in the future the country with the best AI will lead the world in everything from economics to medicine to warfare, so an official "American AI Initiative" was always something of a no-brainer.

The order will instruct federal agencies to focus on artificial intelligence in their research and development efforts, senior administration officials said, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The United States and China are the two countries that have gone the furthest in their development of AI, according to the recent UN report.

AI and deep machine learning raise ethical concerns about control, privacy, cybersecurity, and is set to trigger job displacements across industries, companies and experts say.

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