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- President Donald Trump called on the US to prioritize advancements in artificial intelligence in a new executive order.
- Trump, however, did not allocate any funds for the effort, but told aides to budget the costs required to maintain a lead in AI.
After months of pushing China to retreat from its strategy to dominate the technologies of the future, President Trump today ordered US agencies to prioritize keeping the US ahead in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence.
He did not allocate specific sums of money — and it will be expensive to match Chinese spending — but told aides to tally up what it will cost to maintain the lead, and to budget it.