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Trump to sign executive order launching artificial intelligence initiative

President Donald Trump waves after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday Feb. 8 2019. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Cent Trump administration unveils order to prioritize and promote AI
Emmett Howard | 12 February, 2019, 20:21

The U.S.is the global leader in AI technology right now, but other countries are catching up fast.

Redirect funding: The order will direct federal funding agencies to prioritize investments in artificial intelligence.

"If there's no implementation plan behind the EO - with details, deadlines, and funding - then it may be worse than no EO at all", Wendy Anderson, general manager for defense and national security at SparkCognition, told reporters.

Engage internationally: It will call for a strategy for worldwide collaboration that ensures AI is developed in a way that is consistent with American "values and interests".

US President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritise research and development in artificial intelligence.

Ivanka Trump and Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft Corp. chief financial officer who is now a deputy chief of staff to the president, planned to attend the signing ceremony, according to a statement the White House issued in advance.

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The race for AI dominance is heating up and other countries will likely make similar investments into AI and other emerging technologies to remain competitive.

Follow the White House OSTP on Twitter for more updates on the Trump administration's "American AI Initiative". The administration says it's up to Congress to appropriate money.

Create resources: It will seek to make federal data, computer models, and computing resources available to AI researchers. It aims to set guidelines to ensure the new technologies are trustworthy.

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

American workers are also part of the AI initiative, which will equip them with apprenticeships, fellowships, and programs in the AI industry.

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.

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