There’s been a lot of talk recently about Donald Trump’s lack of concern with artificial intelligence. Trump has ignored mentioning AI in any economic context, instead focusing on protecting American workers from foreign competition. Tactical decisions like this, in my opinion, could have far-reaching negative consequences for American innovation and the American economy in the long run. Here are a few reasons why Trump’s stance is troubling:
Self-driving cars: Trump gets to choose who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency. This will have a real impact on how self-driving cars are regulated over the next four years. If Trump chooses someone who ignores technology, then consider the United States four years behind where it should be on thinking about autonomous vehicles. Four years is a long time to catch up on!
Trade: Trump has made it a cornerstone of his policy to put up trade barriers, especially with China, in order to protect …