Dozens of the nation’s biggest companies — including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google — will attend a White House Summit on artificial intelligence Thursday, according to The Washington Post’s Tony Romm and Drew Harwell.
The goal is to convene industry experts to advise the federal government on what regulations will be appropriate for the coming wave of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Attendees of the summit will also discuss how the Trump administration can fund and support AI and machine learning development in fields like agriculture and transportation, The Post reports.
The guest list includes Facebook’s Jerome Pesenti, Amazon’s Rohit Prasad, and Intel’s Brian Krzanich. Representatives from Ford, United, and other major companies will also be there.
AI and machine learning are expected to cause dramatic shifts in labor with some of the most extreme estimates predicting half of the global population, or more, could be unemployed in 2050 due to rapid automation. The Trump administration — like the Obama White House before it — hopes to get ahead of job displacement while keeping the U.S. competitive with other nations in these cutting-edge technologies.
In 2016, the Obama administration hosted the White House’s first-ever public workshop on artificial intelligence at the University of Washington in Seattle. That was the first in a series of workshops that led to a big report on the future of artificial intelligence with 24 recommendations on the best ways to create an open, inclusive AI industry.