The White House and President Donald Trump are creating an artificial intelligence task force. Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios announced the new committee on Thursday in Washington, D.C., during an AI summit with government officials, members of academia, and several companies like Google (goog), Microsoft (msft), and Amazon (amzn), according to news site FedScoop. The new Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence will operate under the National Science and Technology Council and consist of several federal officials from various government agencies like the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the report said. "As artificial intelligence transforms everything from agriculture to manufacturing to transportation, the potential for AI remains breathtaking," Kratsios said in prepared remarks. "But we cannot be passive.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says Warren should focus'more on her heritage' than investigating his businesses Trump: People saying wall hasn't made difference in El Paso are'full of crap' GOP promotes Trump line mirroring Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign slogan MORE on Monday signed an executive order laying out a national plan to boost artificial intelligence (AI) technology, amid growing concern that the U.S. is losing out to China. The executive order directs federal agencies to prioritize and set aside funding for AI programs, while opening up the way for researchers and developers to access more government data. "Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States," Trump said in a statement, accompanying the order. The order directs all federal agencies to look into launching and expanding AI initiatives that promote their missions. The order also asks a coalition of government bodies to develop a set of national "regulatory" standards around AI, which the U.S. currently lacks.
The United States must get serious about a comprehensive strategy on artificial intelligence or risk losing leadership in a technology that is different from any other that's been developed so far. Nations that lead in AI stand to gain tremendous advantages across industry, government and society at large. More than 20 countries and governing bodies have already released strategies to promote the development of AI in an effort to reap its benefits and, in some cases, take the lead in AI. But despite a promising recent executive order, the U.S., notably, has not created such a strategy. A transformative technology, AI's potential benefits include improving healthcare, streamlining national security and cyber defense, enabling more precise data analytics, and making agriculture more sustainable.
The government can support the development of artificial intelligence by helping educate the public on the technology's potential applications and establishing an ethics policy on its use, several experts told the White House in response to a recent call for public input on future of AI. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy submitted a request for information earlier this summer to help develop its stance on artificial intelligence, and several organizations responded to the call by outlining benefits and the challenges they believe researchers and policymakers will encounter as AI develops. The government needs to educate the public on artificial intelligence and dispel theories that it will lead to a robot apocalypse, Joshua New, policy analyst for the Center for Data Innovation, told FedScoop. "Destigmatizing it in the public sphere, saying, 'This is like a great technological benefit, we should be pursuing it aggressively,' I think that's the most important thing that the government can do," New said. The Center for Data Innovation responded to the RFI by noting that government should continue to talk about the benefits of AI and attempt to dispel fears of the technology.
The race to become the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) has officially begun. In the past fifteen months, Canada, China, Denmark, the EU Commission, Finland, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Nordic-Baltic region, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the UAE, and the UK have all released strategies to promote the use and development of AI. No two strategies are alike, with each focusing on different aspects of AI policy: scientific research, talent development, skills and education, public and private sector adoption, ethics and inclusion, standards and regulations, and data and digital infrastructure. This article summarizes the key policies and goals of each strategy, as well as related policies and initiatives that have announced since the release of the initial strategies. It also includes countries that have announced their intention to develop a strategy or have related AI policies in place. I plan to continuously update this article as new strategies and initiatives are announced. If a country or policy is missing (or if something in the summary is incorrect), please leave a comment and I will update the article as soon as possible. I also plan to write an article for each country that provides an in-depth look at AI policy. Once these articles are written, I will include a link to the bottom of each country's summary. June 28: Publication of original article, included Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, EU Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, US, and UK.