Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump waves after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Monday aimed at boosting US investment in, and development, of artificial intelligence capabilities.

Dubbed the American AI Initiative, the administration will direct agencies to prioritise 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.

"Artificial intelligence is something that touches every aspect of people's lives, from the way that they receive medical care to the way they grow or eat their food, to the way that energy is extracted throughout the country", an administration official said Sunday.

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It's often said that in the future the country with the best AI will lead the world in everything from economics to medicine to warfare, so an official "American AI Initiative" was always something of a no-brainer.

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.

According to Reuters, the President is set to sign a new executive order which will see federal government agencies not only invest more, but also promote and train AI solutions.

As part of his State of the Union address last week, Trump called for "investments in the cutting edge industries of the future", and the administration official underscored the importance of AI in "driving" these future industries for the US.

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