Trump to sign executive order launching artificial intelligence initiative

President Donald Trump waves after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday Feb. 8 2019. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Cent

U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on South Lawn of the White House before his departure for an annual physical test at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2019.

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

The initiative outlines "bold, decisive actions to ensure that AI continues to be fueled by American ingenuity, reflects American values and is applied for the benefit of the American people", the official said.

It also directs agencies to make data more available to developers, set standards for how technology is developed, and calls for a plan to "preserve America's advantage in collaboration" with allies.

"AI is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the signing.

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This initiative, which will elevate federal funding for AI research and support US -led AI global standards, doesn't contain new AI development funding or additional details on next steps, The Verge reported.

Here, IDC research director Louise Francis says that by 2023, 40 per cent of NZ workers will be working with bots or some other form of AI.

Research and development: Federal funding agencies will be asked to "prioritize AI investments" in their allocations.

"By driving technological breakthroughs in AI, breaking barriers to innovation, preparing our workforce for the jobs of the future, and protecting American advantage in AI, we're ensuring artificial intelligence technologies continue to improve the lives of our people, create jobs, reflect our nation's values and keep Americans safe at home and overseas", the official said.

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