President Donald Trump is hoping to take the United States to the forefront of the development of artificial intelligence (AI).
Earlier this week, the president signed an executive order for the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to coordinate research and development of AI technology.
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President Trump has fully recognized that AI is going to play a significant role in the future of this country, as well as the success of many major companies.
“Continued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States and to shaping the global evolution of AI in a manner consistent with our Nation’s values, policies, and priorities,” the president’s order read.
There is a level of mistrust with the public when it comes to this type of technology, but the president made it a point to address that apprehension by making it quite clear in his order that the research needs to be transparent.
Trump also authorized the sharing of the technology with academic institutions and private firms that are already working in AI technology sector in his order.
Some may have expected current AI giants like Amazon and Microsoft to balk at the security measures Trump wants in place, but that was not the case.
The companies have actually been seeking more government regulations and standards to be put in place in this niche of technology for quite some time.
The new commitment to expanding the research in AI was also welcome, as many believe the United States is starting to fall behind countries like China in this sector.
Mark MacCarthy, senior vice president for the Software & Information Industry Association, was thrilled with Trump’s executive order, calling it “a good step toward a national strategy for AI.”
MacCarthy also had high praise for the fact the administration is emphasizing “open data” and more oversight on the development and use of AI.
This was a good move all around, Mr. President.