The Trump Administration has been fairly hands-off when it comes to AI to the point that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was once quoted as saying that AI and its potential to replace human jobs have “not even been on his radar screen.” Based on a recent White House summit, it doesn’t look like this attitude will change any time soon.
On May 10th, The White House held an AI summit hosting no less than 38 companies, including the likes of Facebook, Google, and Amazon. The gist of the summit’s outcome could be summed up in the words of Michael Kratsios, the White House Technology Adviser, as quoted by Bloomberg :
“We didn’t cut the lines before Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call. We didn’t regulate flight before the Wright Brothers took off at Kitty Hawk.”
In a nutshell – the administration will avoid AI regulations indefinitely.
Though the Trump Administration might maintain its present attitude, AI is still a work in progress – just recently an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian when the software (not tuned to react fast enough) decided to ignore the person in question. The administration’s position may change in the future as new AI tools promise a paradigm shift between human and machine interactions.