The effort comes as China continues making inroads in AI development.
The so-called American AI Initiative does not directly target the communist country, but some experts believe the approach leaves no doubt about the administration's designs.More news: Rafa Benitez: We should have stopped Wolves equaliser
"By driving technological breakthroughs in AI, breaking barriers to innovation, preparing our workforce for the jobs of the future, and protecting American advantage in AI, we're ensuring artificial intelligence technologies continue to improve the lives of our people, create jobs, reflect our nation's values and keep Americans safe at home and overseas", the official said. The socialist country set aside $150 billion for industrial investment, prompting a number of other countries with strong tech sectors, including South Korea, the UK, France and Canada, to launch their own AI investment initiatives.
When asked about the benefit of AI to the American public, the official emphasized how "artificial intelligence is something that touches every aspect of people's lives", pointing to medical care, food production and energy resource extraction as examples.
She added: "China's ambitions to lead the world in AI present a direct and credible challenge to American leadership in innovation". The Chinese government has made a 10-fold increase in AI output a national priority for coming years, and many companies there are deploying machine-learning systems to update banking services, identify faces in crowds, and control drones.More news: California governor decries 'political theater' as Trump heads to border
She was the chief of staff for former Defense Secretary Ash Carter.More news: 2019 iPhones reportedly dash our USB-C hopes and dreams