While the United States of America is the world leader in AI science and technology and has in the past demonstrated extraordinary AI Policy acumen,
the current US Government does not have a AI Policy. It's new anti-immigrant, anti-science, anti- trade policies will steadily erode its
AI economic, political and social leadership capacity.
What AI Policy exists is currently running on the institutional inertia of previous administrations and the leadership of some members of Congress.
AI Policy in the US is in a perilous state.
"The Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 budget would cut scientific research by fifteen per cent, or $11.1 billion. That includes a ten-per-cent decrease in the
National Science Foundation’s spending on “intelligent systems.” In November, Eric Schmidt, then the chairman of Alphabet, told the
Artificial Intelligence & Global Security Summit, in Washington, that reductions in the funding of basic-science research will help China overtake the U.S.
in artificial intelligence within a decade. “By 2020, they will have caught up. By 2025, they will be better than us. By 2030,
they will dominate the industries of A.I.,” he said. Schmidt, who chairs the Defense Innovation Advisory Board," Source