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Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the US administration to give greater priority to
artificial intelligence, a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China.
The American AI Initiative executive order calls for the administration to “devote the full resources of the federal government” to help fuel AI innovation.
“Americans have profited tremendously from being the early developers and international leaders in AI,” a White House statement said.
“The president sometimes launches initiatives that sound good but have little actual impact,” West said.
The move comes amid growing concerns that China will overtake the United States in key areas of artificial
intelligence, helped by a broad national strategy and accelerating investment.
Daniel Castro of the Center for Data Innovation, a think tank which follows technology issues, offered a similarly cautious response.
“If the administration wants its AI initiative to be transformative, it will need to do more than reprogram existing funds for AI research, skill development, and infrastructure development.”
Castro welcomed the initiative but called for a more comprehensive AI strategy that covers areas such as digital free trade, data collection policies and other issues.
Senator Marco Rubio called the initiative a “good start,” writing on Twitter: “China is the most comprehensive challenge we have faced from a near peer adversary in over half a century. Confronting it will require a comprehensive response.”
The statement made no mention of China but called for “an action plan to protect the advantage of the United States in AI and technology critical . to United States national and economic security interests against strategic competitors and foreign adversaries.”