Trump Signs Nebulous AI Executive Order With $0 Funding Attached

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

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

"We can not sit idly by and presume that our leadership is guaranteed", according to a statement released by White House on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday directing the U.S. government to prioritize artificial intelligence in its research and development spending, the White House said. "Strengthening investments in the U.S. workforce will ensure that our country is prepared for an economy that will be transformed by new technologies", he said.

AI researchers will need to have computer models, computing resources, and federal data to kickstart projects.

The Trump Administration is committed to promoting an worldwide 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. The order elevates the priority of AI R&D in federal agencies and calls for reallocation of research investment into the technology.

It also seeks preparing America's workforce for the jobs of the future by directing federal agencies to help Americans gain AI-relevant skills and promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

That idea was promoted by the Pentagon as necessary because "potential adversaries are now actively developing ways to deny our use of space in a crisis", and therefore it was "imperative that the United States adapts its policies, doctrine and capabilities to protect our interests".

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Mr Darrell West, head of the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation, said the White House move was "timely" but that it remained uncertain how it would be implemented without clear funding.

Trump envisioned AI technology affecting almost every federal department and agency, creating new opportunities for efficiency while simultaneously raising concerns about privacy rights.

Development of technical and safety standards across technologies and sectors. Lastly, the US will foster worldwide collaboration for AI.

The order repeatedly stressed the importance of protecting American AI research from technology theft as well as the importance of artificial intelligence technology to our national security. America is a bit late to the game when it comes to government action, falling behind countries like China, Canada, and France who have pledged millions of dollars and jobs to foster research and innovation.

"China is investing US$150 billion (S$203.90 billion) by 2030 with the goal of becoming the preeminent AI country in the world". It bases these conclusions on the amount of patents each country has, among other things, and IBM is the biggest company with nearly 9,000 patents. The plan was also mocked by many experts, not to mention Twitter users.

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