2020 in review: AI receives more attention from White House

“The Trump administration prioritized doubling federal spending on artificial intelligence and quantum information science (QIS) research and development in 2020, while also issuing a series of policies aimed at outcompeting China.

Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget proposal floated increasing AI R&D funding from $973 million to $2 billion by 2022 and quantum spending to $860 million within two years, even while reducing total federal R&D spending by $13.8 billion…”

“The White House established seven AI research institutes under the National Science Foundation and five QIS research centers under the Department of Energy in August, with the $1.2 billion authorized in the National Quantum Initiative Act of 2018.

NSF ultimately announced eight AI Institutes the following month, with private industry providing $160 million toward their creation.

‘Each one of these is a significant activity in its own right to catalyze education, to create a future AI-ready workforce and also to be nexus points for growing new partnerships,’ said James Donlon, program director at NSF, in an interview…” Read the full article here.

Source: 2020 in review: AI and quantum see more White House attention – By Dave Nyczepir, December 31, 2020. FedScoop.

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