White House Creates AI Committee, Favors Light Regs, Education

White House Creates AI Committee, Favors Light Regs, Education

The White House has brought together representatives from giant USA tech firms including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook with a view to setting up an advisory panel of government officials to assess the impact of AI.

The White House is hosting the "Artificial Intelligence for American Industry" event Thursday.

China has also said that it aims to be the world's leader in AI technologies by 2030.

According to the charter of the committee, these include the undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology from the Department of Commerce, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering at the Department of Defense, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the undersecretary of energy for science within the Department of Energy, the director of the National Science Foundation, and the director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency. Tech companies and their trade groups applauded the administration's increased focus on AI.

But, he said, "other countries are organized, and organizing right now, around AI and how it's going to change the future of work and the economy".

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

"In the private sector, we will not dictate what is researched and developed".

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Representatives at the summit included both the tech companies developing AI technologies, and the American industry leaders adopting and adapting to new AI technologies in novel ways.

John Holdren, who was the top presidential science adviser during the Obama administration, warned that the Trump administration's late entry into outlining its approach to AI reflects broader concerns about its commitment to technological advancement. "To realise the full potential of AI for the American people, it will require the combined efforts of industry, academia, and government", Kratsios said.

While Seamans said the USA doesn't need to take a centralized approach, he said it could be useful for administration officials to discuss the impacts of the new technology, especially for consumers and workers whose jobs are becoming obsolete or who will require new skills.

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

He said it's also important to make it easier for startups to participate so that the technology - and the reams of online data it learns from - isn't tightly controlled by a small group of large companies.

"This is not a call for a swarm of new laws and regulations", Krzanich said. "To a certain degree job displacement is inevitable".

Kratsios also spoke about concerns over the effect AI will have on jobs.

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