This past week, US President Trump signed an executive order meant to spur the development and regulation of artificial intelligence.

AI technology is believed to define the future of everything from consumer products to health care to warfare.

The executive order is aimed to better educate workers in the field, improve access to the cloud computing services and data needed to build A.I. systems, and promote cooperation with foreign powers.

In the United States, the Defense Department has accelerated efforts to embrace A.I., shifting $75 million of its annual budget to a new office that will develop these technologies. Other government agencies also have major projects in the works.

In Kenya, a Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce was set up by The Cabinet of ICT to look at the possibility of adopting and integrating the use of this technology in public service delivery as well as across the industry.

The Taskforce completed its research and submitted this to the Cabinet Secretary. We are awaiting its release to the public for further review.

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