Artificial intelligence may have been invented in the United States, but other countries, including China, Canada, and France, have taken greater steps to safeguard and leverage technology in recent years.
President Donald Trump will seek to change this today by signing a decree that launches the US government's own piece of AI.
The priorities of the American AI Initiative have been published in advance by the Bureau of Science and Technology Policy.
The initiative is designed to stimulate the US AI industry by reallocating funds, creating new resources, and developing ways for the country to shape the technology, even as it moves forward. It is globalizing.
However, even if the goals are ambitious, the details are vague. And this will not include a large lump sum of funding for research on AI.
The AI plan aims to achieve five key objectives:
Redirect funds: The decree will force federal funding agencies to prioritize investments in artificial intelligence.
Create resources: It will seek to make federal data, computer models and computing resources available to artificial intelligence researchers.
Establish standards: It will ask the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop standards that promote the development of "reliable, robust, reliable, secure, portable and interoperable artificial intelligence systems" .
Recycle workers: It will be asking agencies to prioritize worker readiness for AI changes through apprenticeships, skills training programs, and scholarships.
S & B International: This will require an international collaborative strategy to ensure that AI is developed in a manner consistent with US "values and interests".
Each step could potentially help stimulate US research on AI and make the US more competitive, depending on how they are executed.
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Trump made a brief reference to "industries of the future" in the State of the Union speech delivered last week, and officials said the president was preparing a series of decrees designed to strengthen the competitiveness of the United States in key technological areas, including AI, 5G, and quantum computing.
It is certainly vital for the White House to adopt a coherent artificial intelligence policy if it wants to retain US military power, economic power and influence abroad. And the Trump government has been criticized for taking a non-interventionist approach to AI, unlike in other governments. The main economic and strategic rival of the United States, China, announced an ambitious plan for funding and developing AI in 2017.
Many members of the government are apparently afraid that the United States will lose its advantage. Last year, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis sent a memo to the White House, asking the president to develop a national strategy on AI.
Jason Furman, Harvard professor, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers and having contributed to the development of this 2016 influential report on artificial intelligence administrations, said the new plan for the IA was encouraging, but it was only a first step.
"The US AI Initiative for AI includes all the necessary elements, and the key is to see if the measures are being taken vigorously," Furman said. "The plan is ambitious, without details and does not run automatically."