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U.S. Government Finally Announces an American AI Initiative

Evan El-Amin |

Evan El-Amin |

Yesterday, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order announcing the American AI Initiative. According to the White House, the order is part of the government’s efforts to further advance artificial intelligence research in the country.

The announcement puts a clear emphasis on the government’s policy to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D. The E.O. hopes to promote advancements in technology and innovation while safeguarding the country’s economic and national security, civil liberties, and privacy.

The American AI Initiative reportedly focuses on five principles:

(a)  The United States must drive technological breakthroughs in AI across the Federal Government, industry, and academia in order to promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security.

(b)  The United States must drive the development of appropriate technical standards and reduce barriers to the safe testing and deployment of AI technologies in order to enable the creation of new AI-related industries and the adoption of AI by today’s industries.

(c)  The United States must train current and future generations of American workers with the skills to develop and apply AI technologies to prepare them for today’s economy and jobs of the future.

(d)  The United States must foster public trust and confidence in AI technologies and protect civil liberties, privacy, and American values in their application in order to fully realize the potential of AI technologies for the American people.

(e)  The United States must promote an international environment that supports American AI research and innovation and opens markets for American AI industries while protecting our technological advantage in AI and protecting our critical AI technologies from acquisition by strategic competitors and adversarial nations.

“A good first step but MUCH more needs to be done. We need a comprehensive National AI Strategy that addresses work, national security, competitiveness, privacy, and programming bias. It should be done by gov’t+private sector+non profit sector,Cong. John Delaney, U.S. Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Maryland and a Presidential candidate in the 2020 U.S. National Election, said.

The executive order has been issued amid China’s aggressive push to become an AI superpower and the people’s growing fear of more job losses as the age of automation and 4th industrial revolution begin.

Read More: Report: China Is Home To Majority Of The World’s AI Unicorn Startups

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