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New White House panel will dig into artificial intelligence

A robot is shown on a screen at a conference
Artificial intelligence is becoming a hot topic in Washington. Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images

The White House said Thursday that it will establish a new committee bringing together officials from across the federal government to look at issues related to artificial intelligence.

Why it matters: Policymakers are taking early steps to wrap their heads around artificial intelligence. But Silicon Valley isn't waiting for them to catch up, debuting developments such as virtual assistants that can convincingly call a restaurant host to make a dinner reservation.