Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Trump Signs EO Targeting China’s Growing Dominance In Artificial Intelligence

Trump Signs EO Targeting China’s Growing Dominance In Artificial Intelligence

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Monday aimed at boosting US investment in, and development, of artificial intelligence capabilities.

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.

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As part of his State of the Union address last week, Trump called for "investments in the cutting edge industries of the future", and the administration official underscored the importance of AI in "driving" these future industries for the US.

In December, top tech chief executives - including Google's Sundar Pichai, International Business Machines's Ginni Rometty and Microsoft's Satya Nadella - met with White House officials including Ivanka Trump on similar topics.

The so-called American AI Initiative does not directly target the communist country, but some experts believe the approach leaves no doubt about the administration's designs.

The executive order instructs a number of federal agencies, from the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to effectively pave the road for private companies.

America is widely considered the world leader in artificial intelligence - however, many believe the Chinese government's vast access to data might give it an advantage in the coming years.

The order doesn't cover intellectual property protections or export controls, which the administration has sought to use to constrain China in other areas, but aims to open markets for USA companies.

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