We got some more details on the administration's thinking in a Wired op-ed written by Michael Kratsios, the White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
"Today's announcement demonstrates that President Trump recognises that the United States can not coast on our thriving innovation economy to maintain our leadership in AI but must actively engage so that it does not become a threat to our national and economic security interests", he said.
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.
The order calls for agencies that provide educational grants to prioritize AI within those existing programs, in an effort to equip current and future generations of American workers with the proper skills to develop and apply AI technologies.
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The Trump Administration is committed to promoting an global environment that supports AI R&D and opens markets for American AI industries while also ensuring that the technology is developed in a manner consistent with our Nation's values and interests. American workers are also part of the AI initiative, which will equip them with apprenticeships, fellowships, and programs in the AI industry.
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". However, America is hardly the first to have a national AI initiative.
Vivek Wadhwa, distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses how the expansion of artificial intelligence may affect USA employment. The order encourages federal agencies to prepare the workforce with the skills needed to adapt to and embrace AI technologies.
Finally, the American AI Initiative will seek to foster stronger technical collaboration with other countries.
It's well understood that this is directed at Beijing, which in July 2017 unveiled its plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030. The Chinese government has made a 10-fold increase in AI output a national priority for coming years, and many companies there are deploying machine-learning systems to update banking services, identify faces in crowds, and control drones.