White House Convenes Summit on the Future of Artificial Intelligence for American Industry

May 25, 2018

The White House recently hosted a summit on Artificial Intelligence for American Industry. The event brought together over 100 academic researchers, industry experts and senior government officials for a discussion on the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential benefits for American businesses, along with the regulatory landscape necessary to achieve them. Attendees included Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar, and National Science Foundation Director France Cordova.

As the U.S. seeks to maintain its leadership on the global R&D stage, the administration has repeatedly stated that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)—including AI—is a regulatory priority across the agencies. The event focused on the use of AI in the following sectors:

  • Agriculture and Food Services
  • Energy and Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation and Logistics

Over the course of the day, summit attendees had the opportunity to participate in two sets of breakout sessions to discuss issues such as AI research and development (R&D), workforce development, regulatory barriers to AI innovation and sector-specific applications of AI. Key takeaways from the day’s events included: the need to develop a technology-proficient.