Major AI Conference Set for Washington, Following White House AI Report

by Ken Brown

Hard on the heels of the White House’s new report about artificial intelligence’s potential to address major societal challenges, NVIDIA will be holding Washington’s largest ever AI conference.

GTC DC will feature some of the most prominent leaders in government and industry when it takes place Oct. 26-27, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. The event is the latest in a series of GPU Technology Conferences, which have attracted 16,000 people so far this year across Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia.

The timing is right for policymakers and AI experts to meet, following yesterday’s White House report concluding that “AI has the potential to help address some of the biggest challenges that society faces” and recommending increased funding in AI research to fuel economic growth.

The report, Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence, published by the National Science and Technology Council, notes that “the effectiveness of government itself is being increased as agencies build their capacity to use AI to carry out their missions more quickly, responsively and efficiently.”

One of the report’s recommendations is to increase collaboration between government and industry on AI research: “AI can be a major driver of economic growth and social progress, if industry, civil society, government, and the public work together to support development of the technology …”

A number of scientists and others who provided input on the report will be speaking at GTC DC, such as Jason Furman, chairman of the Joint Council of Economic Advisors, who will discuss AI’s economic impact.

Others include France Cordova, director of the National Science Foundation; Jerry Lee, Cancer Moonshot deputy director, Office of the Vice President; and Bill Dally, chief scientist and senior vice president of research at NVIDIA, who formerly served as chairman of Stanford’s Computer Science Department.

Among the more than 100 speakers at GTC DC are officials from DARPA, NASA and NIH, and executives from leading companies like Facebook, Verizon and GE. Up to 800 attendees are expected.

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