May 8, 2018

White House to host tech giants for AI meeting

President Trump speaks with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The White House will hold a meeting Thursday with major tech corporations to discuss artificial intelligence.

Why it matters: America finds itself in a race with other countries, most notably China, to advance AI technologies.

What they're saying: "In order to maintain America’s leadership on AI, the administration should continue to invest in research and development, and advance programs that equip the workforce with skills of the future," said Dean Garfield, the president of the Information Technology Industry Council, in a statement.

The guest list includes companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Nvidia, per the Washington Post, which first reported the meeting.

  • Facebook said it was sending Jérôme Pesenti, an executive who works on AI.

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