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White House announces creation of Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence

12 May 2018

NSF is proud to stand with the White House and the rest of the federal science and technology enterprise to ensure that our nation's values are reflected in the development of critical technologies such as AI.

Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios announced the new committee on Thursday in Washington, D.C., during an AI summit with government officials, members of academia, and several companies like Google goog , Microsoft msft , and Amazon amzn , according to news site FedScoop.

"We didn't cut the lines before Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call", Kratsios said. A report last month from the U.S. Congressional Research Service described China as a "leading competitor" in using AI to develop military applications, including autonomous vehicles and computer systems that can make faster and better-informed decisions.

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As the latest indication of this, the White House announced the creation of a Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence during an organized AI summit of industry and academic partners Thursday.

The Trump administration's free-market approach to AI comes as the technology sector is facing increasing calls for regulation from lawmakers and consumer groups.

In a bid to overtake the United States, the Chinese government has made a 10-fold increase in AI output a national priority for coming years, and many local companies are deploying machine-learning systems to update banking services, identify faces in crowds and control drones. The office, under the Obama administration, had more than twice the total. The gathering signals US commitment to artificial intelligence at a time when other countries are boosting their own investments, according to an AI expert at Cornell University.

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Intel Corp chief executive Brian Krzanich, who was at the White House summit, wrote in a blog post his concerns about the US staggering behind in AI development.

"Privacy, cybersecurity, ethics, and potential employment impact are all worthy of careful analysis", Krzanich said. Director France Córdova participated in the event and issued the following statement. Still, many in the industry believe both regulation and legislation are likely years away.

"To a certain degree job displacement is inevitable", Kratsios said.

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It will operate within the technology committee at the National Science and Technology Council, and will be made up of "the most senior R&D officials" from across the federal government. Facebook said it plans to send Jerome Pesenti, the vice president of AI, while Amazon confirmed Rohit Prasad, the vice president and head scientist for its Alexa device unit, will attend the meeting.

White House announces creation of Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence