President Launches Artificial Intelligence Initiative

Date: February 12, 2019

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order launching the American AI Initiative. This initiative calls on federal agencies to support the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

Under the order, the White House will draft a memo within the next six months providing "high-level guidance" to agencies about regulating the development and use of AI across a broad swath of industries.

Based on early reports, the initiative will call on agencies to increase spending on AI research and development, emphasize workforce training in the field, and give industry greater access to government data.

At press time, the exact text of the executive order was unavailable. White House offices including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Domestic Policy Council, and the National Economic Council will work with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders to craft guidance for AI technologies to promote innovation while respecting privacy, civil liberties, and American values. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will also work with the Trump Administration’s Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence to prioritize the creation of technical standards needed for AI development and deployment.

The president referred to this initiative in last week’s State of the Union address. Yesterday, Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy, authored an op-ed in Wired, "Why the US Needs A Strategy for AI”.

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