The Trump administration intends to ask academics, government officials and AI developers about ways to adapt regulations to advance AI in such fields as agriculture, healthcare and transportation, according to a draft schedule of the event. And they're set to discuss the U.S. government's power to fund cutting-edge research into such technologies as machine learning.
For the White House, the challenge is to strike a balance between the benefits of computers that can spot disease or drive cars and the reality that jobs — or lives — are at stake in the age of AI.
"Whether you're a farmer in Iowa, an energy producer in Texas [or] a drug manufacturer in Boston, you are going to be using these techniques to drive your business going forward," Michael Kratsios, deputy chief technology officer at the White House, said in a recent interview.
Among those expected to be in the room for that private gathering Thursday will be representatives from tech giants such as Microsoft, Nvidia and Oracle, as well as other businesses such as Ford, Land O'Lakes, Mastercard, Pfizer and United Airlines, according to the White House. Slated to represent Facebook is Jerome Pesenti, its vice president of AI. Amazon plans to send Rohit Prasad, the head scientist for its voice assistant, Alexa. Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich also is expected to attend.
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