It urges other countries to open markets for American AI industries while ensuring the technology developed in a manner consistent with American values and interests.
The order - dubbed the American AI Initiative - is expected to give guidance on regulation.
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.
"It is the policy of the United States Government to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D and deployment through a coordinated Federal Government strategy, the American AI Initiative".
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.
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"This initiative will devote the full resources of the federal government to develop AI", a senior administration official told reporters Sunday, according to The Hill.
While there was no specific funding announced for the initiative, an administration official did reveal that it called for improved reporting and tracking of funds spent on AI research and development.
The initiative is the first step taken by the USA government to outline some sort of guidelines to help shape its ambitions in machine learning. "Companies like Google are also expanding their operations in countries like China, France and Canada, as the A.I. talent in those countries continues to expand".
The order doesn't cover intellectual property protections or export controls, which the administration has sought to use to constrain China in other areas, but aims to open markets for US companies. That includes high school, undergraduate and graduate fellowships, alternative education and training programs and other scholarships.