The White House finally hopped on the AI train last month. In a blog post titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” Deputy U.S. CTO Ed Felten announced the creation of the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee and a series of workshops to encourage public discourse about the emerging technology.
“There are tremendous opportunities and an array of considerations across the Federal Government in privacy, security, regulation, law, and research and development to be taken into account when effectively integrating this technology into both government and private-sector activities,” wrote Felten.
Open to the public, the workshops are co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology and National Economic Council with academic and non-profit organizations across the country. The goal is to “identify challenges and opportunities” related to AI, which will lead to a public report by the subcommittee later this year.
The first event was co-hosted by the University of Washington’s School of Law in Seattle on May 24 and considered AI as applied to law and governance.
Today’s workshop is co-hosted by the Computing Community Consortium in Washington, DC and will discuss the use of AI for social good. The event began at 8:30 a.m. ET and is livestreaming online for those who can’t attend in person. Speakers include AI experts such as Microsoft researcher Eric Horvitz, criminal justice experts such as the White House’s Lynn Overmann, and healthcare experts such as Eric Elster from the Uniformed Services University.
Carnegie Mellon University will co-host an event on June 28, in Pittsburg to discuss AI when applied to safety and control. New York University’s Information Law Institute will co-host a workshop on short-term social and economic implications of the technology on July 7.