That will change later today, when President Tump is expected to sign an executive order creating the “American AI Initiative” — a high-level strategy guiding AI development within the US.
The initiative will redirect federal funding and resources towards AI research, as well as call for the creation of US-led international standards in AI, and new research into the retraining of American workers.
But the program includes no new funding for AI development, and is thin on details.
According to multiple outlets, the goals of the AI Initiative are split into five key areas:Research and development.
The initiative as currently reported addresses a number of areas of key concern in AI development, but the lack of new funding will worry some.
Kate Crawford, co-director of the New York University research group AI Now, told Science Magazine that the executive order “correctly highlights AI as a major priority for US policymaking,” but lacks input from academics and civic leaders.
Jason Furman, a Harvard professor who served as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and helped draft the previous administration’s report on AI, told Technology Review that the plan was a step in the right direction, but would need concrete commitments — not just promises — in order to fulfill its stated goals.
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