Artificial Intelligence: The Economic and Policy Implications


Artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming part of the economy in ways we could only imagine a decade ago. From self-driving cars to robots, the rapid growth of AI creates tremendous potential opportunities to increase productivity and economic growth. Panelists at the event will discuss how computer scientists design and implement AI as well as how it is being incorporated into diverse fields and applications, including the current FCC spectrum auction, the digital humanities and image recognition. Participants will also explore the policy implications of incorporating AI into these activities. Registration for the event can be performed below.


8:15 am        Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am        Keynote: Machine learning, Government, and Policy Analysis

  • Susan Athey, Economics and Technology Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
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9:00 am        Panel 1: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 101

  • Colin Allen, Provost Professor of Cognitive Science and History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine, Indiana University and Chair Professor of Philosophy, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China
  • Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist and co-founder, Narrative Science and Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University
  • Jenn Wortman Vaughan, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research, New York City
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  • Alex Tabarrok (moderator), Professor of Economics, George Mason University

10:00 am      Panel 2: Artificial Intelligence Policy Implications and Applications

  • James Hairston, Manager, Global Policy Development, Facebook
  • Tim Hwang, Public Policy and Government Relations Counsel, Google, Inc.
  • Kevin Leyton-Brown, Professor, Computer Science, University of British Columbia
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  • Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute


Date and Time

  • September 12, 2016
    8:15 am - 11:00 am


529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia, 20045, United States