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14 May 2018, 12:30 | Damon Campbell
In the future artificial intelligence may overtake every aspect of human life
"As artificial intelligence transforms everything from agriculture to manufacturing to transportation, the potential for AI remains breathtaking", Kratsios said in prepared remarks.
Creation of the AI committee was the biggest news to emerge from Thursday's White House AI "summit" meeting.
President Donald Trump's technology adviser, Michael Kratsios, is announcing the initiative Thursday at a White House summit with tech executives and AI researchers. "We didn't regulate flight before the Wright Brothers took off at Kitty Hawk".
Made up of the "most senior R&D officials" from across the federal government, it aims to "improve the coordination of Federal efforts related to AI to ensure continued USA leadership in this field".
The Trump administration's commitment to science and technology education, he said, is part of its plan to adapt.
He said recommendations issued by the since-disbanded U.S. Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Taskforce would be a good starting point for a "definitive" U.S. national strategy on AI.
AI and deep machine learning raise ethical concerns about control, privacy, cybersecurity, and the future of work, companies and experts say.
But, he said, "other countries are organized, and organizing right now, around AI and how it's going to change the future of work and the economy".
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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.
The administration also prioritized AI research investments in its fiscal 2019 federal research and development budget.
While the Obama administration also warned against a rush to add regulations on AI, it had called for assurances that AI "systems will operate safely and securely, in a controlled, well-defined, and well-understood manner".
Garfield said that as new technology displaces some job roles, "the government is well-situated to make sure that people are also deployed in the competencies and in the places those jobs will be".
In addition to the skills and regulatory issues, the meeting also looked at furthering government uses of AI, such as at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Still, many in the industry believe both regulation and legislation regarding AI are still years away.
Kratsios acknowledged that "to a certain degree, job displacement is inevitable". STEM refers to a group of academic disciplines comprising science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Dean Garfield, who heads the Information Technology Industry Council trade group, said the White House's attention to AI is "better late than never". Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are among dozens of tech firms attending.
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