The White House began to lay out Artificial Intelligence initiatives undertaken by the Trump administration, with U.S. federal agencies and launched a new portal ai.gov. The agencies include the National Institutes of Health (NIH) biomedical research project using AI and a recent Department of Transportation report on autonomous vehicles. On the new website, a number of initiatives which some taken during the Trump administration and some of former President Obama’s time period, are highlighted that includes work to create supercomputers by the Department of Energy, and AI Next, a USD2 billion investment commitment from DARPA to solve big AI problems, which announced last fall.
The launch of a new website came a month after the Pentagon released its AI strategy that will be led by the newly created Joint AI Center. The website mentions the American AI initiative for sustained support of AI research funding for federal agencies, which issued by a President Trump executive order last month, with among other things. The newly introduced ai.gov portal also highlighted the United States AI R&D strategic plan, which was first rolled out in the last months of the Obama administration, and is currently underway. Concurrent with that effort, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), an organization of AI researchers across the United States, writes a 20-year AI research roadmap to define academia, business, and government priorities to move AI forward. The roadmap calls for the creation of national AI labs and competitions, in addition to an Open AI system.
Since AI progressively utilized companies and anticipated to transform or eliminate a lot of jobs, this technology is a topic of increasing interest to politicians. In that effort, the 2018 AI Index report revealed that interests of Artificial Intelligence among members of the U.S. Congress have gone up in addition to houses of parliament in Canada and the United Kingdom. As things burst out ahead of the 2020 presidential race in the U.S., Democratic candidates who want to take on Donald Trump are also talking more about AI and the future of work. Additionally, regulation around this tech is also fueling much of the conversation.