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Trump to sign artificial intelligence order to boost U.S. competitiveness

12 February 2019

USA president Donald Trump wants his country to spend more on artificial intelligence (AI) technology research.

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.

The plan, called the American AI Initiative, is meant to enhance national and economic security and improve Americans' quality of life.

"This initiative will devote the full resources of the federal government to develop AI", a senior administration official told reporters Sunday, according to The Hill.

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

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It also says federal agencies will establish guidance to ensure the new technologies are developed in a safe, trustworthy way.

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.

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.

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Trump to sign artificial intelligence order to boost U.S. competitiveness