Michael Kratsios: Supplemental Report to Trump’s Budget Request Shows ‘Increased Emphasis’ on AI

Michael Kratsios

The National Science and Technology Council released a supplemental report to President Trump’s budget request stating that the federal government intends to allocate $1B for nondefense artificial intelligence efforts in fiscal 2020, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, told attendees at a Center for Data Innovation event that the report demonstrates the government’s “increased emphasis on AI” and helps inform future investments.

“The U.S. has pushed the boundaries for computational power, we have given our innovators the freedom to thrive, and today we can proudly say America continues to be the leader in artificial intelligence,” he said.

According to Kratsios, such insights on agencies’ future AI efforts will help the government foster partnerships between public, private and academic sectors. The figure stated in the report represents a significant increase from 2016.

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