White House Comes to Terms With Robot Uprising Hosts AI Conference

first_img Representatives of about 40 U.S. companies are expected this week at a White House conference on artificial intelligence.Machine learning has shown great promise in fields like healthcare, automotive, finance, video games, and the military. But not everyone is prepared for the potential loss of jobs (and eventually human freedom) that comes with the robot uprising.And it appears the famously anti-science Trump administration is finally coming to grips with the issues this technology poses now and in the future.The meeting, as described by The Wall Street Journal, is intended to start a dialogue “that will help the [government] shape future policies, including removing barriers to AI innovation.”“The administration is hoping to strike a balance with the event, welcoming the benefits of artificial intelligence while also acknowledging potential political challenges,” the Journal said, based on a draft White House schedule.But the elusive itinerary, seen by the newspaper, seems to focus more on AI’s benefits—supporting research, developing a workforce, removing barriers to innovation, enabling applications—than its potential harms.Among those invited are tech titans Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Microsoft, joined by AI and IT specialists from Bank of America, Boeing, General Electric, Land O’Lakes, MasterCard, Pfizer, United Airlines, Ford Motor Co., Goldman Sachs, CVS Health, and Walmart.One glaring omission: President Donald Trump. According to WSJ, event organizers don’t believe the Commander in Chief will attend. There is no word on who he might send in his place.Additional reporting from the Washington Post suggests U.S. officials and AI developers will discuss “ways to adapt regulations to advance” artificial intelligence.Also on the agenda: More federal funding for cutting-edge research into technologies like machine learning.“The tech sector is committed to ensuring that all Americans reap the benefits of this transformative technology, which has the potential to save lives, improve how we harvest food, transform education, and more,” Dean Garfield, president and chief executive of the Information Technology Industry Council, said in a statement published by the Journal.Stay prepared for the robot apocalypse with our list of 11 cyborgs that will probably steal your jobs (and your lovers). Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more