Trump signs order prioritising AI research

President Donald Trump waves after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday Feb. 8 2019. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Cent

The aim of the new initiative is to boost AI development and funding in the US and also to ensure that America is a leader when it comes to helping shape global artificial intelligence policies.

Research and development: Federal funding agencies will be asked to "prioritize AI investments" in their allocations.

The Trump administration is going to create the American AI Initiative with an executive order on Monday, according to the New York Times and Reuters.

The initiative also allows federal agencies to offer more data, models, and computing resources to the country's AI researchers and industries.

The White House plan doesn't include any funding details.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on South Lawn of the White House before his departure for an annual physical test at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2019.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday kickstarting the American AI Initiative, a strategic plan to keep the nation ahead of its competitors in artificial intelligence.

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

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.

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 global 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. It aims to set guidelines to ensure the new technologies are trustworthy.

The initiative calls on federal agencies to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programs and computer science education.

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