White House establishes national artificial intelligence office

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office as part of an effort by the Trump administration to prioritize AI. 

The office will be in charge of implementing the nation’s AI strategy and overseeing and coordinating work on research between the federal government and the private sector.

“The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office will be integral to the Federal government’s AI efforts for many years to come, serving as a central hub for national AI research and policy for the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios said in a statement provided to The Hill on Tuesday.  

The office was established as part of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act, which recently became law as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

The NDAA included sweeping language to boost research into AI, including the creation of a select committee on the subject and codifying into law new AI research institutes announced last year.

The creation of the new AI-focused office within the OSTP also comes after the Trump administration rolled out a national strategy to address critical and emerging technologies in October, which includes an enhanced focus on AI. 

In addition, the Trump administration announced earlier last year that it would funnel more than $1 billion into funding for new research institutes focused on AI and quantum computing over the course of five years, which was in addition to $75 million previously announced to fund three quantum computing centers at major universities. 

The administration has also had a global focus on AI, with the U.S. and the United Kingdom signing an agreement in September to promote cooperation between the new nations on AI development and research. 

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