Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

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US President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritise research and development in artificial intelligence.

When asked about the benefit of AI to the American public, the official emphasized how "artificial intelligence is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", pointing to medical care, food production and energy resource extraction as examples. 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.

Monday's order envisions regulatory guidance to ensure the technology is trustworthy, said the White House official.

First, the executive order will urge federal funding agencies to step up AI investments.

"[The The American AI Initiative]... will accelerate the ability of [NOAA] researchers to create AI that can assimilate the massive amounts of big data from our environmental satellites into our weather models to improve predictions of hurricanes and severe storms", it continues.

Global links: The US will collaborate on AI with other nations, but ensure that it develops in a way that works with American "values and interests".

The directive will call for better coordination across government agencies, developing regulatory and ethics rules for the use of artificial intelligence, and require federal departments to track spending on research and development of AI.

But so far, New Zealand is behind other countries in encouraging AI, and creating an ethical framework, Callaghan boss Victoria Crone says.

Vivek Wadhwa, distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses how the expansion of artificial intelligence may affect US employment.

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