When former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about Elon Musk’s warnings about AI, he had a succinct answer: “I think Elon is exactly wrong.” “He doesn’t understand the benefits that this technology will provide to making every human being smarter,” Schmidt said. “The fact of the matter is that AI and machine learning are so fundamentally good for humanity.”
The U.S., China, and Russia, are only a few of the countries that have announced they are ready to invest in research and in industries to keep pace with a technology that some say is changing the world. Smaller countries, such as the U.K., are exploring ways to become leaders in niche areas, while others such as South Korea see artificial intelligence as a way of maintaining their sovereignty by offsetting potential military threats.
The White House’s planned advisory committee on artificial intelligence may or may not help keep the country at the forefront of technological innovation, but it is another sign that the government is getting more serious about the importance of AI and the potential threats of falling behind in the “AI arms race.”
Education professionals are taking on the task to implement AI into operations, and finding it to be quite beneficial. While social media, music, and video games have their value, education is far more necessary. Computers with artificial intelligence embody the main principles of education -- learning, reasoning, and problem solving -- so it’s only natural to merge AI with the education world.
Developers and IT managers are now at the front lines of growing ethical dilemmas, as well as a potential partial surrendering by businesses of control over their decision-making to machines. Perhaps its time for greater awareness and education on bringing AI-based decision-making into the light.
The U.S. technology sector has long been a driver of global economic growth. From the PC to the Internet, the greatest advancements of the past 50 years were spawned in the U.S. This country's unique approach to limited regulation combined with public-private partnerships creates an environment for innovation generally unmatched in the free world. A national AI strategy can build on this history of economic and technological leadership.
Paul Daugherty, an executive from Accenture who attended the summit, said they addressed concerned about robots replacing humans in the workplace. “The fear that we have is in the short and medium term, there will be displacement as certain jobs are automated by artificial intelligence,” he said. However, the real issue, he said, is not the lack of jobs but the fact that there is a very large skills gap.
The White House has set up a new task force dedicated to US artificial intelligence efforts, the Trump administration announced today during an event with technology executives, government leaders, and AI experts. The news and the event, which was organized by the federal government, are both moves to further the country’s AI development, as other regions like Europe and Asia ramp up AI investment and R&D as well.
Artificial intelligence is an emerging field that provides new benefits and capabilities, according to Ed McLaughlin, MasterCard president of operations and technology, “I don’t think there’s a company, an industry, a country which isn’t interested in advancing artificial intelligence right now,” he told Liz Claman during a FOX Business interview on Wednesday.
The White House on Thursday will host a summit with major technology companies to discuss the development of artificial intelligence (AI). In total, over 100 senior government officials, academics, research and business leaders will participate, according to the White House. Their talks will focus on AI research and development and regulations.