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Trump Calls for Investment in Artificial Intelligence

“It’s kind of a new arms race,” said Theresa Payton, U.S. chief information officer under President George W. Bush

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    In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump arrives on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

    The U.S. on Monday released its plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence, nearly two years after China laid out its own playbook, NBC News reported.

    President Donald Trump's executive order explained his administration's views on developing artificial intelligence but left open a major question: Where's the money?

    "Money talks when it comes to government priorities, and new money actually drives priorities," said R. David Edelman, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama for tech policy.

    Trump's executive order, which did not include any new funding for A.I. research, comes amid mounting tension over China’s ambitious efforts. China in 2017 laid out a national plan to try to develop A.I. technology, an ambition that was likened to the Apollo missions to the moon and set off anxiety within the United States as the Trump White House was silent.

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