White House assures Google, Facebook AI won't get heavy hand

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The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, which will include senior government officials in research and development, will advise Trump on AI priorities across federal agencies and coordinate government research and planning.

Trump said he does not want to dictate "what is researched and developed", said technology policy advisor Michael Kratsios at an AI White House summit Thursday that included tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon.

The White House has announced a new initiative to work with companies on artificial intelligence, rather than imposing restrictive regulations.

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing at a rapid pace, and the 2019 budget invests in fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure to maintain USA leadership in this field.

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"We can not be passive. To realize the full potential of AI for the American people, it will require the combined efforts of industry, academia, and government".

Dean Garfield, president and chief executive of the Information Technology Industry Council, called the event "an important step to building collaboration between government and industry". The committee will be chaired by OSTP and will also include representatives from the Office of Management and Budget and the National Security Council. He says today's AI summit is an encouraging sign that the USA can maintain its leadership role in the industry. And he addressed the evergreen concern that accompanies conversations about AI - job loss. Kratsios said that "to a certain degree, job displacement is inevitable", but the U.S. "But we can't sit idle, hoping eventually the market will sort it out".

"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", Garfield said in a statement.

John Holdren, who was the top presidential science adviser during the Obama administration, warned that the Trump administration's late entry into outlining its approach to AI reflects broader concerns about its commitment to technological advancement. "In order to maintain America's leadership on AI, the administration should continue to invest in research and development, and advance programs that equip the workforce with skills of the future". Only two years ago, he suggested new investment in industries that have been transformed by automation in his campaign speeches; and more recently new, tougher immigration rules have made it more hard for global figures in the area of AI to work in the country.

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