Trumps orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump will push AI with an executive order Monday, several outlets reported.

It's often said that in the future the country with the best AI will lead the world in everything from economics to medicine to warfare, so an official "American AI Initiative" was always something of a no-brainer.

Dubbed the American AI Initiative, the administration will direct agencies to prioritise AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI.

Experts in the field of artificial intelligence have expressed growing concern that China is advancing plans for global AI dominance, and that the USA needs to catch up.

Mr. Trump's executive action won't call for a specific spending goal on AI, but will call on federal agencies and Congress to "prioritize" such spending, the official said.

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. The official also sought to allay concerns that investments in new AI technology may displace American workers, noting that the administration is "very cognizant of" the issue and has already developed programming like apprenticeships and career special education programs to address it.

The official said the White House will be working closely with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, "as we look to advance artificial intelligence in the industries of the future". 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.