Trump to sign executive order launching artificial intelligence initiative

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United States president Donald Trump wants his country to spend more on artificial intelligence (AI) technology research.

The order, which comes amid concerns about China's ambitions to dominate the sector and the likelihood of disruption for workers as the technology automates millions of jobs, doesn't outline specific funding goals, but says it aims to ensure that AI develops in a manner that reflects U.S. values and to push training for the future workforce.

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

Experts in the field of artificial intelligence have expressed growing concern that China is advancing plans for global AI dominance, and that the USA needs to catch up.

The goal of the executive order is to make sure the U.S. is on the spearhead of the development of this new and disruptive technology.

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The order will instruct federal agencies to focus on artificial intelligence in their research and development efforts, senior administration officials said, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Trump's executive action won't call for a specific spending goal on AI, but will call on federal agencies and Congress to "prioritize" such spending, the official said. The socialist country set aside $150 billion for industrial investment, prompting a number of other countries with strong tech sectors, including South Korea, the UK, France and Canada, to launch their own AI investment initiatives.

Artificial intelligence is seen as a way to generate advancements across multiple fields, from defense to health care to transportation.

The order calls for making federal data and computing resources more accessible to researchers, and for federal government agencies to use fellowships and training programs to prepare workers to operate in positions that utilize artificial intelligence. Lastly, the USA will foster global collaboration for AI.

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