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Report: James Mattis Asks White House to Develop National AI Strategy

Defense Secretary James Mattis has called on President Donald Trump to come up with a national artificial intelligence strategy in order to keep up with AI development plans of China and other countries, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Mattis asked the Trump administration to establish a presidential commission that would help position the U.S. as “a leader not just in matters of defense but in the broader ‘transformation of the human condition,’” according to a May memo obtained by the publication.

The report said the Defense Department has launched efforts to advance AI and one of those is the establishment of a joint AI center in June to oversee AI initiatives across the Pentagon and service branches.

In May, the White House formed a new select committee within the National Science and Technology Council to help coordinate federal research initiatives related to AI.

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