President Trump later Monday is expected to sign an executive order instructing the federal government to prioritize and dedicate resources to artificial intelligence, the White House said.
The initiative, titled “Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence,” urges “bold, decisive actions to ensure that AI continues to be fueled by American ingenuity, reflects American values and is applied for the benefit of the American people,” a senior Trump administration official said in a background briefing Sunday evening.
In his State of the Union speech last week, Trump called for “investments in cutting-edge industries,” and the AI initiative is aimed to boost America’s leadership in the field.
The plan leaves the funding details up to Congress but directs federal agencies to assist workers in getting AI skills through fellowships, apprenticeships and training programs and computer science education.
The White House will offer guidelines to federal agencies but also instructs the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop regulations for creating “reliable, robust, trustworthy, secure, portable, and interoperable AI systems.”
The administration said AI will improve Americans’ lives — from medical care to food production to transportation — and will bolster national security.
“AI is something that touches every aspect of people’s lives,” the official said. “What this initiative attempts to do is to bring all those together under one umbrella and show the promise of this technology for the American people.”
The initiative comes as China continues to plunder American intellectual property and invests heavily in developing artificial intelligence.