Data Sheet—Intel's A.I. Plan Vs. Donald Trump's

A month ago Donald Trump issued an executive order designed to maintain America’s greatness on artificial intelligence. I reviewed it unfavorably for its lack of specifics, absence of funding details, and preponderance of management-consultant fluff.

About a month later the semiconductor giant Intel offered its own A.I. plan, a 13-page whitepaperof its own recommendations for a U.S. strategy on A.I. Intel sites the work of many management consultants, and it uses (in an accompanying fact sheet) some interestingly diplomatic language, like grouping together China, India, Japan, and the European Union as “global neighbors” to the U.S. (One president’s adversaries are a multinational corporation’s neighbors.)

On balance, though, the Intel proposal is a cut above the White House’s. It also refrains from offering specific dollar values, but Intel’s report does specify where money should be spent. It calls, for example, for government funding on research to determine the best areas for A.I. spending and for allocations for fundamental research, much as Washington spends heavily on health research.

Intel has much to gain from a national A.I. strategy; its chips should power the machines and sensors that A.I. enables. But offering one also places the company in a precarious position given its significant global operations, particularly in China. READ MORE ON: FORTUNE

DataYusra Hamid