President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday instructing the U.S. government to increase its emphasis on artificial intelligence research (AI), which the president identified as a major driver of economic growth and a vital component of national security strategy.
“The United States must foster public trust and confidence in AI technologies and protect civil liberties, privacy, and American values in their application in order to fully realize the potential of AI technologies for the American people,” the executive order stated.
Cybersecurity will be especially important because Trump’s executive order instructs the government to share valuable data with private firms and academic institutions working on artificial intelligence technology.
There are a number of actions that are needed to help us harness AI for the good of the American people,” said AI expert Lynne Parker of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who also contributed AI work to the previous administration.
“We especially praise the White House’s emphasis on open data, which requires maintaining incentives for private sector developed data in government data sets.