The executive order does not include any details about funding the initiative. The plan, called the American AI Initiative, comes after China and other countries have pledged big investments to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from warfighting to health care.
President Trump plans to sign an executive order that focuses on promoting artificial intelligence - but unlike his most famous science-based initiative, which called for an unrealistic "Space Force", this one is being slammed by critics for insufficient boldness. It urges other countries to open markets for American AI industries while ensuring the technology developed in a manner consistent with American values and interests.
"What we can do is come together as a White House... to provide high-level guidance to the agencies to give them at least a roadmap to use as they think about the issues that you've discussed, including ethics", a Trump administration official said Monday, according to The Hill.
The American AI Initiative aims to ensure that the U.S. retains its research and development advantage in AI and other emerging technologies such as quantum computing and advanced manufacturing.
Trump, in his State of the Union speech last week, said he was willing to work with lawmakers to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting-edge industries of the future, calling it a "necessity".
The initiative is the first step taken by the USA government to outline some sort of guidelines to help shape its ambitions in machine learning.
It directs federal agencies to make data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence experts while maintaining security and confidentiality. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will implement standards that support trustworthy AI systems.
Retrain workers: It will ask agencies to prioritize preparing workers for the changes brought about by AI through apprenticeships, skills programs, and fellowships.