White House Touts a Year of AI Initiatives in Roundup Report

White House | February 26, 2020

One year into the administration’s big push to fuel development of artificial intelligence technologies and boost adoption within government, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a roundup highlighting early achievements. The report released Wednesday touches on several AI-focused initiatives spearheaded by the administration, most of which center on helping with private sector research and development efforts. Some of the biggest efforts include publishing a set of AI regulatory principles, increasing AI R&D funding in the 2021 budget request, promoting STEM education and training programs and working with international partners. But the report also details how AI technologies are being used within government to improve services and other mission areas. The final section of the report gets into how federal agencies are embracing “trustworthy AI for government services and missions.”

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According to polling averages calculated by Real Clear Politics, former Vice President Joe Biden is still the poll leader of Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, if by a smaller margin. Biden's poll ratings surged after his announcement at the end of April, reaching a high on May 9. Most recently, 28 percent of registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said that they would vote for Biden.

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According to polling averages calculated by Real Clear Politics, former Vice President Joe Biden is still the poll leader of Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, if by a smaller margin. Biden's poll ratings surged after his announcement at the end of April, reaching a high on May 9. Most recently, 28 percent of registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said that they would vote for Biden.

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