President Trump signed an order Monday to stimulate the development and regulation of artificial intelligence, a technology that many experts believe will determine the future of everything from consumer products to health, to war.
A.I. industry experts, academics and the government have long urged the Trump administration to make the development of artificial intelligence a top priority. Last spring, worried that the United States is not up against China and other countries, Jim Mattis, the then Secretary of Defense, sent a note to the White House calling on the President to create a national AI strategy
The Enforcement Order aimed at improving the training of workers in this field, improving access to cloud computing services and the data needed to build the A.I. promoting cooperation with foreign powers. But the order does not allocate funds to the A.I. R & D, and the administration provided little detail on how it planned to introduce its new policies
The United States is engaged in an increasingly fierce trade war with China. And while US companies such as Google and Amazon are now leaders at AI, experts in the field are concerned that China may outperform the United States in technology development that will power surveillance systems and autonomous weapons as well as cars without drivers and a wide range By July 2017, the Chinese unveiled a plan to become a world leader in AI, which aims to create a $ 150 billion industry to its economy by 2030, and two Chinese cities have promised to invest $ 7 billion in efforts. Other governments have also begun to make large investments, including South Korea, Britain, France and Canada.
In the United States, the Department of Defense has stepped up its efforts to embrace AI by transferring $ 75 million of its annual budget to a new office, developing these technologies. Other government agencies also have major projects. But many AIs. experts worry that the most talented in the United States is moving to companies like Google and Amazon and away from government agencies.
Last year, these concerns increased when Google withdrew from a Pentagon AI build-in project after workers protested that the technology they were using could be used for lethal purposes. Companies like Google are also expanding their operations in countries like China, France and Canada, such as A.I. the talent in these countries continues to expand
In a briefing with reporters on Sunday, a senior administration official said the White House would step up its efforts to educate US workers in the field. The administration plans to work with the National Council for the American Worker to create educational efforts through industry and academics and will call on government agencies to develop AI-related scholarships
The official has not provided details of how the US will track down the progress of these efforts.