White House Set to Conduct Artificial Intelligence Meeting with Companies

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On Thursday, the White House is scheduled to convene a meeting regarding the future of artificial intelligence in US industry with major companies such as Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Oracle Corp, and Google parent Alphabet Inc as well as some senior officials of the government.

On Tuesday, the White House said that Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel Corp, and the chief technical officers of Boeing Co and Ford Motor Co are also set to take part, along with the executives from Microsoft Corp, Accenture, and Mastercard Inc.

The U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Energy, Transportation, and Labor and the Pentagon are set to participate during the daylong event that will look into the innovation and research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) and remove the barriers to its application.

The White House stated: “AI is quickly transforming every segment of American industry – from applications in precision agriculture and medical diagnostics to advanced manufacturing and autonomous transportation.”.

Other companies that will be taking part include Bank of America Corp, IBM Corp, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric Co, Monsanto Co, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Walmart Inc, Pfizer Inc, CVS Health Corp, United Airlines, and Whirlpool Corp.

The Vice President of AI of Facebook, Jerome Pesenti, the senior research scientist of Google, Greg Corrado, and the presidents of Carnegie Mellon University and California Institute of Technology also are set to join the talks.

The president and chief executive of the Information Technology Industry Council, Dean Garfield, dubbed the event as “an important step to building collaboration between government and industry.”

Garfield stated: “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.”

Last month, the United Kingdom announced a joint investment amounting to 1 billion pounds ($1.4 billion) in the AI industry, while the European Union revealed that it would increase AI investment by around 70 percent to 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) by 2020.