Press Release | February 11, 2019

Thank you, President Trump, for Making AI a Priority

Izzy Santa
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in response to President Trump’s American AI Initiative:

“We thank President Trump for making artificial intelligence (AI) and apprenticeships a top priority. Advancements in AI technology hold the promise of improving every sector of our economy and society, from health care and transportation to entertainment and security.

“AI requires a discussion on the future of work and for questions to be raised about jobs, bias, cybersecurity and other issues. It’s critical that the U.S. government expand its understanding of AI, share its findings with researchers and plan for the anticipated benefits and risks as other countries dedicate investment and research on AI.

“Last year, China laid out a plan to create a $150 billion world-leading AI industry by 2030. This year, China announced a $2 billion AI research park in Beijing. Other countries also are making a play in the AI space, including France, which unveiled a high-profile plan to foster AI development at home and across the European Union.

“The United States is the world leader in AI, both in terms of research and commercialization, but our position is not guaranteed. The American AI initiative will help our country stay ahead.”

To learn more, read CTA’s AI white paper and visit CTA’s Apprenticeship Coalition, a major initiative that will create thousands of new apprenticeships and ensure the tech industry remains key to America’s success.