The Trump-led United States (US) government is aiming to fund big money in order to advance the country’s capabilities in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced computing technologies. In a report on the website The Verge by James Vincent, $1 billion will be allotted in the development of more than ten ‘hubs’ that are attached to different corresponding government entities.
The US playing catch up in the game
As different incidents of security breaches taking place in the country that are conducted by hostile entities, with some being state-sanctioned, this move is lauded by several observers as the US is trying to catch up with other key players when it comes to the research and funding of these emerging technologies.
With its main adversary, the People’s Republic of China, stating its future plans to be the world’s dominant player in AI ten years from now, the President’s move is speculated to be also a counterbalance move towards the Asian giant.
As Vincent mentions, the country’s top technology officer, Michael Kratsios, reiterated the commitment of the country and the government to be the world’s leader in AI and quantum computing. Kratsios affirmed that the move will secure America’s economic prosperity and national security adding that it will all depend on how we deal with these emerging forms of technology.
The fund, which will be allotted for an array of purposes from machine learning to monitor the weather to developing systems that will utilize higher quantum computing power, will be distributed to different government departments. As the same The Verge article divulges, the majority of the fund, worth $625 million, will be used for research and development of quantum information systems. Five different organizations will be able to utilize this fund. Private technological firms are also dipping their finger in the pie as IBM and Microsoft are forking out $300 million worth of ‘technology-services donations’ to different federal sector beneficiaries.