The New Age
In spite of being the birthplace of AI, the US is still lagging behind other nations due to the government’s lethargy in organizing and funding AI plans. Meanwhile, politicians across the globe have already proposed promising strategies to capitalize on the growth of AI expertise.
The AI policymakers, including the ones that put forward the France AI plan, China AI plan, among others, have apparently been inspired by the Obama administration, which had presented a report on how important it is for the government to prepare for the future of Artificial Intelligence. The Trump administration has however been a mere spectator and doesn’t seem to have any solid AI plan in place. Buzz is that the government believes that its intrusion will only hinder the growth of AI.
Stay in the race
The imminent Artificial Intelligence revolution will have a huge impact on the financial system and job market. By doing nothing about leveraging AI expertise, the US is going to lose out to its rival nations. France has already started investing heavily in funding AI. President Emmanuel Macron has committed to spending $1.8 billion on France AI plan. China, which released its “Healthy China 2030” plan in 2016, has a strategy in place to become the world leader in AI by 2030. A UK AI report reveals that the country’s government has committed to invest $663 million in technology funding, most of which is set to be spent for UK studies on AI. There has been a huge rise in the launch of new Canada AI institutes of late. The Germany AI strategy is also set to join the Artificial intelligence race. This is why it is so important for the US to roll up its sleeves and start working on a solid AI plan.
Fund AI Research
The US government should put the priority on funding and supporting AI research carried out in universities. The progress made by private companies may not solve the problems of the common man.
Gear up for mass unemployment
Well-known AI researcher Andrew Ng says planning for job displacement due to AI is “best done by the government.” So, apart from supporting research funding, the government’s AI policy should also plan to face the likely loss of jobs and be ready to offer orientation and job opportunities to the unemployed.
Be open to the world’s top talent
Tess Posner, who heads the nonprofit AI4All, has drawn attention to the fact that there is currently a huge shortage of talent and diversity in AI. Sadly, the US government has been tightening its visa rules and maintaining a hostile attitude towards foreign students. The Trump administration should change this approach and do what it takes to attract and retain bright AI experts from across the globe. The government should note that many of the top AI scientists in the US are from other countries.
Be updated and flexible
Apart from bringing in new regulations to support AI growth, the US government should also be flexible enough to fine-tune existing rules to make it effective. To be able to do this, the government should first understand the technology. It should hire AI experts to update the policymakers in charge of the White House AI plan on what AI is. Unfortunately, there is a huge lack in this aspect in the administration.