Trump signs executive order on artificial intelligence

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.

The plan is called the American AI Initiative. Trump signed the directive Monday.

It comes after China and other countries have pledged big investments to advance and apply AI technology in fields ranging from war fighting to health care.

The White House plan doesn’t include any funding details. The administration says it’s up to Congress to appropriate money.

The order is short on details but directs federal agencies to make government data and computing resources more available to artificial intelligence researchers. It aims to set guidelines to ensure the new technologies are trustworthy.

One critic says the plan doesn’t do enough to address potential displacement of U.S. workers in the coming years.