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Leadership on AI crucial, White House told

12 May, 2018, 20:45 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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NSF is proud to stand with the White House and the rest of the federal science and technology enterprise to ensure that our nation's values are reflected in the development of critical technologies such as AI.

Representatives from 38 major U.S. companies, including Microsoft, Intel, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Ford, will gather at the White House today for an AI summit aimed at boosting the country's efforts in robotics, artificial intelligence, and related technologies.

"We didn't cut the lines before Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call", Kratsios said. "We didn't regulate flight before the Wright Brothers took off at Kitty Hawk".

On a broad level, the budget funds AI research at the National Science Foundation and applied R&D in the Department of Transportation to develop autonomous systems.

"To realise the full potential of AI for the American people, it will require the combined efforts of industry, academia, and government", Kratsios said.

The meeting comes as some technology experts have criticized President Donald Trump and his administration for not paying enough attention to science and technology. The Obama administration published two comprehensive reports on AI: Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy.

"There's simply no replacement for the federal government significantly increasing support for fundamental research to bolster university research", Buck wrote.

One of the goals of the new committee will involve determining how much the US should prioritize and invest in AI technologies, according to The Hill.

"This is not a call for a swarm of new laws and regulations", Krzanich said.

In addition to the skills and regulatory issues, the meeting also looked at furthering government uses of AI, such as at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Director France Córdova participated in the event and issued the following statement.

Still, many in the industry believe both regulation and legislation regarding AI are still years away.

"To a certain degree, job displacement is inevitable", he said, noting that the administration has taken steps such as STEM grant funding "to ease the transition for workers and aid industries hungry for talent". Facebook said it plans to send Jerome Pesenti, the vice president of AI, while Amazon confirmed Rohit Prasad, the vice president and head scientist for its Alexa device unit, will attend the meeting.

Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, says it's been disappointing not to have more of a national movement around AI.

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