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.
Create standards: Standards to push the development of "reliable, robust, trustworthy, secure, portable and interoperable AI systems" will be set out by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
"Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States", Trump said.
Trump signed the directive Monday.
This initiative, which will elevate federal funding for AI research and support US -led AI worldwide standards, doesn't contain new AI development funding or additional details on next steps, The Verge reported.
Follow the White House OSTP on Twitter for more updates on the Trump administration's "American AI Initiative".
"AI is something that touches every aspect of people's lives".
Research and development: Federal funding agencies will be asked to "prioritize AI investments" in their allocations. "We must ensure that advances in AI remain fueled by American ingenuity, reflect American values, and are applied for the benefit of the American people".
The so-called American AI Initiative does not directly target the communist country, but some experts believe the approach leaves no doubt about the administration's designs. It bases these conclusions on the amount of patents each country has, among other things, and IBM is the biggest company with nearly 9,000 patents.
Last May, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote a note to Trump imploring him to draw up just such a national strategy for retaining U.S. leadership in AI, noting his fear of China's ambitious plans, the New York Times reported in August.
The effort comes as China continues making inroads in AI development.
The executive order gives the NSTC Select Committee 90 days to pass along recommendations to the NSTC for how to implement such a program.