Trump Signs Nebulous AI Executive Order With $0 Funding Attached

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 12, 2019

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Monday outlining a national strategy for promoting the development of artificial intelligence, administration officials said.

There was no specific funding announced for the initiative, the administration official said on a conference call, adding that it called for better reporting and tracking of spending on AI-related research and development.

The announcement was a little unusual as AI is supposed to be the technology which will take away large numbers of factory jobs and is the very thing that Trump's own supporters fear the most, other than racial minorities and people with different sexual preferences.

The moves occur less than a week after Trump's State of the Union address, when he said investments in "cutting edge industries of the future" are "a necessity".

MIT Technology Review reported that the "American AI Initiative" has five main goals: Redirect investments, develop AI research resources, create AI standards, prepare American workers for AI changes, and engage in worldwide AI efforts.

First, the executive order will urge federal funding agencies to step up AI investments.

Resource availability: AI researchers should have access to federal data, algorithms and computer processing. The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy said in a statement during the speech on February 5 that AI was among the industries Trump was referring to, alongside 5G broadband, advanced manufacturing and others.

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

Vivek Wadhwa, distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses how the expansion of artificial intelligence may affect USA employment.

Follow the White House OSTP on Twitter for more updates on the Trump administration's "American AI Initiative".

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