Trump administration unveils order to prioritize and promote AI

Postado Fevereiro 12, 2019

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

While an official American AI Initiative is a welcome move, those in the industry will be disappointed that the initiative doesn't actually include any new funding for AI development and is pretty light on details besides those laid out above. The administration says it's up to Congress to appropriate money.

Under the American AI Initiative, the administration will direct agencies to prioritize AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI.

The initiative aims to make sure the United States keeps its research and development advantage in AI and related areas, such as advanced manufacturing and quantum computing.

"By driving technological breakthroughs in AI, breaking barriers to innovation, preparing our workforce for the jobs of the future, and protecting American advantage in AI, we're ensuring artificial intelligence technologies continue to improve the lives of our people, create jobs, reflect our nation's values and keep Americans safe at home and overseas", the official said.

And a report by economic consultancy Infometrics estimates that 31 per cent of current jobs in the Kiwi workforce could be automated in the next 20 years.

Crown agency Callaghan Innovation says AI technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing could potentially create more jobs than they destroy as they help existing Kiwi business become more competitive, and startups based around those technologies emerge, such as FaceMe, Soul Machines and Straker Translations. Eighteen other countries have beaten America to the punch in that regard.