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Upcoming Event – Artificial Intelligence: The Economic and Policy Implications

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Registration: 8:15 am – 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 am – 11 am
September 12, 2016
First Amendment Lounge
The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

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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.

The event will also include a keynote address by Susan Athey, Economics and Technology Professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, who will discuss the use and implications of machine learning on policy analysis itself.

Confirmed participants for two discussion panels following her remarks are:

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

James Hairston, Manager, Global Policy Development, Facebook

Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist and co-founder, Narrative Science and Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University

Kevin Leyton-Brown, Professor, Computer Science, University of British Columbia

Jenn Wortman Vaughan, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research, New York City

Scott Wallsten (moderator), Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute


The event, being held in the National Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge, will include a continental breakfast starting at 8:15 am, with the program beginning at 8:30 am. Registration can be performed online here.

The Technology Policy Institute
The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at http://www.techpolicyinstitute.org/.