"Americans have profited tremendously from being the early developers and worldwide leaders in AI", a White House statement said. The President was returning to the White House after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The executive order states that "c$3 ontinued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States and to shaping the global evolution of AI in a manner consistent with our nation's values, policies, and priorities".
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.
"The tone of this executive order reflects a laissez-faire approach to AI development that I worry will have the U.S. repeating the mistakes it has made in treating digital technologies as inherently positive forces, with insufficient consideration paid to their misapplication", he said.
Under the American AI Initiative, the administration is directing agencies to prioritize AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI. However, unlike other countries that have launched AI strategies, the USA initiative includes no new funding for AI development.
Michael Kratsios, deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Assistant to the President at the White House's Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP), previewed the executive order earlier today in Wired magazine and elaborated on some details that weren't as spelled out in the document issued by the White House today. As part of the order, the committee will develop recommendations on AI-related educational and workforce development initiatives and provide technical expertise on the topic to the National Council for the American Worker.
Based on the order, federal agencies that conduct or fund R&D should prioritize AI R&D.
The American AI Initiative also tackles a common public fear about new technology: job destruction. This action will help educate the AI R&D workforce our Nation needs to create and embrace new AI technologies.
Many universities in the USA, including UTSA, are attempting to hire in order to build a larger pipeline of talent. To reduce reliance on semiconductor importing and feed the demand created by its AI software companies, China is investing $47 billion in semiconductor production to meet the country's future goals.
It is vital for prosperity and security that the U.S. keeps its leadership position in development and implementation of AI technologies.
Other analysts are taking a different tact, noting the initial plan does not appear to have much girth.