Government and Industry Leaders Discuss the Future of Artificial Intelligence

by Jace Johnson

posted on 10-30-2018

Policymakers, business leaders and experts attended the POLITICO AI Summit a few weeks ago at The Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC, where they held solution-driven conversations on the impact of AI on governments, industries and society.

At the conference, I participated in a closed-door roundtable discussion on the governance of AI. The other participants and I explored standards and best practices to self-regulation and governance, the governing factors that currently shape AI development and progress, the gaps that must be addressed to ensure AI advances in a responsible and beneficial manner and dichotomies between governance practices in the public and private sectors.

One fascinating area that emerged during our conversation was the regionalization of AI. While many of us like to think of technologies that transcend boundaries, when it comes to AI, there may be regional consumer preferences and biases that show up in AI, making it difficult to export those technologies to other regions where consumer preferences are different. Said succinctly, not all AI is for everyone. One can imagine an AI system trained on Chinese consumer preferences to not fair very well with western consumers, and vice versa. This is an extremely interesting dilemma and one that merits years of research and development to truly understand and perfect.

Speakers from the day’s panel also discussed what American leaders across sectors and industries must do to navigate the competitive environments driving AI. The three biggest themes discussed during the summit included:

AI is here to stay — and Adobe commends government leaders who are continuing the AI conversation with thoughtful analysis on the technology that is going to change the way we work, create and live our lives. The United States is demonstrating to the world that we are taking AI expertise seriously with the introduction of the Artificial Intelligence in Government Act that would establish a federal AI advisory board to chart paths forward in the technology’s development. From new inventions to day-to-day tasks, the use of AI provides for limitless potential and represents the biggest potential innovator since the introduction of the internet.

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