October 09, 2018
Transforming the World With AI
March 22, 2018
On Tuesday, Software.org sponsored a Washington Post event called Transformers: Artificial Intelligence. The event convened researchers, technology innovators, and business leaders to explore AI policies, the future of work, and ethical and societal issues related to AI.
Among the highlights: Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Todd Young (R-IN) shared their views on government’s role on AI, as well as diversifying our workforce and preparing people for the jobs of the future. Peggy Johnson from Microsoft focused on how to deploy AI responsibly with “empathy and dignity.” Peter Schwartz from Salesforce joined other experts on a panel about how AI will affect the job market, and he explained the technology would augment and strengthen human intelligence, not replace it. Dario Gil from IBM explored the amazing capabilities of AI, especially in healthcare – and how we’re only at the beginning. And our President Victoria Espinel had an incisive conversation with Tammy Haddad from White House Correspondents Insider about how AI should be created without bias and how it can be used to remove bias.
In conjunction with the event, Software.org released a primer on what AI is, how it works, its amazing benefits, and how smarter policies can help address challenges.
Photos courtesy of The Washington Post.
Executive Director, Software.org
As the founding executive director of Software.org, Chris Hopfensperger leads the foundation’s efforts to help policymakers and the general public better understand the impact that software has on our lives, our economy, and our society. He also helps translate the foundation’s philanthropic and forward-looking agenda into efforts to address key issues facing the software industry.