Trump signs order on artificial intelligence

US President Donald Trump ordered the government to give greater priority to artificial intelligence but critics said the executive order lacked key details

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.

The executive order does not include any details about funding the initiative.

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

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Monday promoting artificial intelligence.

"It is the policy of the United States Government to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D and deployment through a coordinated Federal Government strategy, the American AI Initiative".

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"We can not sit idly by and presume that our leadership is guaranteed", according to a statement released by White House on Monday. The White House in December hosted a listening session with the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm to field ideas for securing American dominance in AI and other fields such as quantum computing and faster wireless technology known as 5G. It aims to set guidelines to ensure the new technologies are trustworthy.

Retrain workers: It will ask agencies to prioritize preparing workers for the changes brought about by AI through apprenticeships, skills programs, and fellowships.

"[The The American AI Initiative]... will accelerate the ability of [NOAA] researchers to create AI that can assimilate the massive amounts of big data from our environmental satellites into our weather models to improve predictions of hurricanes and severe storms", it continues.

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. Eighteen other countries have beaten America to the punch in that regard.

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