If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
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On Feb. 11, the White House released an executive order on "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence" (AI)--the latest attempt to develop a national strategy for AI. The order envisions the United States taking significant steps to increase research and development efforts while reforming its executive agencies to better compete with the Chinese government's investments in AI development through its Made in China 2025 plan. Although the order is full of promising language and constructive suggestions for executive agencies, it is unlikely to have much of a long-term effect without further support from Congress. The executive order has three basic prongs. First, it charges executive agencies to "prioritize AI" across several dimensions.
Newswire) Investorideas.com, a global investor news source covering Artificial Intelligence issues a special edition of The AI Eye, looking at the battle for dominance between the US and China. On February 11, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. The document stresses the importance of AI in propelling the US economy and cites current American global leadership in terms of R&D and deployment of AI as justifications for ramping up federal government commitments to promote the technology. Though it is not explicitly mentioned in the document, many commentators felt that the growing rivalry with China in the AI space influenced the President's executive order. Rob Verger, writing for Popular Science, captured the impression of those commentators when he observed: "Competition with China is a big part of the subtext to this announcement..." Some US AI companies were quick to respond.
President Donald Trump released a splashy new plan for American artificial intelligence last week. High on enthusiasm, low on details, its goal is to ramp up the rate of progress in AI research so the United States won't get outpaced by countries like China. Experts had been warning for months that under Trump, the US hasn't been doing enough to maintain its competitive edge. Now, it seems, Trump has finally got the memo. His executive order, signed February 11, promises to "drive technological breakthroughs ... in order to promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security."
At a high level, the American AI Initiative seems to be headed in the right direction. We absolutely need a holistic approach that considers all the various areas that are critical to building innovative AI solutions. This seems to be an underlying concept of the Initiative, as the executive order places priority on making data available across government agencies, allocating cloud computing resources to support AI R&D and training the workforce. Commitment to AI innovation is critical to maintaining our leadership position in technology with the increasing level of global AI competition. We know that China, France and the U.K. have invested and committed billions already to their own AI initiatives.
China steps up plans for using artificial intelligence to strengthen its military; Bill Hemmer reports. China wants to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030, and President Donald Trump is taking the necessary steps to ensure that won't happen. Last week, the president signed an executive order, the American AI Initiative, that will accelerate America's pursuit of the sophisticated AI capabilities necessary to maintain our military and economic dominance. The Chinese government exercises significant control over its domestic technology firms and frequently steals intellectual property from foreign companies that operate in the country. In addition, it has poured sizable resources into its AI programs in a deliberate effort to eclipse America in the race to perfect this world-changing technology.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE issued an executive order this week directing federal agencies to support the development of artificial intelligence. It couldn't have come at a better time. That's because the U.S. is in a race against China to develop cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology, and it's a race we can't afford to lose. "Artificial Intelligence" (AI) may bring to mind any number of futuristic pop culture references, from "Star Wars" to "Westworld", and it may seem like something that's decades or even centuries away. The reality is that AI is already here – it's in the apps we use to navigate through traffic, it protects us from spam emails and more nefarious online security threats, and it's what responds when we say "OK Google..." and "Alexa?"
It's been an eventful week in tech. Amazon announced it would abandon plans to open one of its two HQ2 locations in New York City, and the company also acquired Wi-Fi mesh network startup Eero for an undisclosed sum -- a hint at Amazon's future smart home ambitions. The California Department of Motor Vehicles released reports from companies currently testing self-driving cars -- like Apple, Alphabet's Waymo, and GM Cruise. Google pledged to spend $13 billion on U.S. datacenters and offices in 24 states this year, and driverless truck startup TuSimple raised $95 million at a $1 billion valuation, joining the ranks of Aurora and Nuro as one of the best-funded companies in the autonomous vehicle industry. Nearly lost in the shuffle was President Trump's signing on Monday of an executive order establishing a program -- the American AI Initiative -- that formalizes several of the proposals made last spring during the White House's summit on AI.
The Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, issued on February 11th, 2019, takes the U.S. in the right direction by directing Executive branch Agencies to consider and prioritize AI across several dimensions. It recognizes that success in Artificial Intelligence is a national security issue for the U.S., which has not always been fully acknowledged. It also highlights important data and workforce issues, which are critical prerequisites to any success in the AI domain. In general, I applaud the Office of Science and Technology Policy for making the effort and driving attention to this issue. However, recognizing that AI is a broad and deep issue and that coordinating ANY activity across the entire Federal government is complicated and fraught with challenge, I still believe the Executive Order (EO) falls well short.