Project Management Institute

Government Race to AI

The United States Has Real Plans for Artificial Intelligence


The U.S. government is committing nearly US$1 billion toward artificial intelligence (AI) for nondefense R&D initiatives in 2020. It's the first time the government had given AI its own budget line, but some U.S. business leaders argue it isn't enough.

“We're nowhere near where we should be” in government funding, Jackie Medecki, director and managing attorney of Intel's U.S. AI and healthcare policy division, said at a government panel after the announcement. There, business executives called for more money earmarked for R&D initiatives, as well as U.S. regulations around data governance and privacy protection, which they said might spur future project investments.

China, Finland, Canada, France and Germany are among the countries that have developed national strategies to develop and use AI, with the Chinese government setting an ambitious target, in 2017, to be a world leader in AI by 2030. An August report by the research institute Center for Data Innovation found that the United States leads the European Union and China in terms of AI funding and adoption, but China's pace of progress is faster.

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