American AI Initiative launched, or was it?

Yesterday US president Donald Trump signed an executive order making development of AI a national priority. This is similar to recent announcements that indicated unless drastic changes were made, China will pass the US in AI R&D spend this year. Yet the US order signed by Trump doesn’t set aside funding AI R&D. When you consider in July 2017, China unveiled a plan to add $150B to their economy via AI and the level of investment they’re making, you have to wonder if the US initiative was more promotion than production.

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