A.I. has become a defining issue of our time, affecting national security, economic development, human rights, social media and many other domains. President Donald Trump signed an executive order launching the “American AI Initiative”, directing federal agencies to officially focus more on artificial intelligence technology.

The administration will be assigning federal agencies specific timelines for “deliverables” and expects to release more information about the initiative in the next six months.

The initiative is following at least 18 other countries that have announced their own artificial intelligence strategies.