Artificial Intelligence Goes to Washington

Get ready because artificial intelligence is on the White House’s radar, and it’s taking the field seriously. The White House this week announced the new National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will meet for the first time next week, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will cohost four workshops to create a dialogue around the positives and negatives of artificial intelligence and machine learning. “Like any transformative technology … artificial intelligence carries some risk and presents complex policy challenges along several dimensions, from jobs and the economy to safety and regulatory questions,” Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Ed Felten wrote. “For example, A.I. will create new jobs while phasing out some old ones—magnifying the importance of programs like TechHire…


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