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White House throwing support behind AI

Joe Mont | May 14, 2018

On May 10, the White House hosted an all-day summit devoted to the opportunities—and challenges—presented by the burgeoning use of artificial intelligence.

Among the announcements made at the gathering of more than 100 tech industry leaders and academics was the Trump administration’s creation of a new Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. It will operate under the National Science and Technology Council and be comprised of industry liaisons and officials from various government agencies. The White House also promised “prioritized funding for fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure, machine learning, and autonomous systems.”

Industry sectors represented at the summit included food and agriculture, energy and manufacturing, technology, financial services, healthcare, and transportation and logistics. Participating companies included Google...

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