On Jan. 10, 2019, The Washington Post brought together pioneering researchers, technology innovators, business leaders and experts for Transformers: Artificial Intelligence. Speakers discussed the latest advances in artificial intelligence, how technology is changing the way we work and live, and raised critical questions that will have profound implications from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C. and around the world.
  • Jan 30
The Role of Oversight in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Shift7 CEO Megan Smith, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) discuss how Congress and the federal government can work to regulate artificial intelligence, prepare the American workforce for the jobs of the future and incorporate new technology in federal agencies to improve information sharing.
  • Jan 10
Shift7 CEO Megan Smith says artificial intelligence should be used to solve bigger societal issues like poverty and justice. “It depends on us, and it’s 100 percent in our control,” she said.
  • Jan 10
While touting the importance of alternate forms of higher education, House A.I. Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) said it’s important that we embrace the changes Artificial Intelligence will bring to our world. The technological advances, Olson says, could add $17 trillion to the world’s economy in 10 years.
  • Jan 10
Shift7 CEO Megan Smith says inherent human biases can work their way into how artificial intelligence systems make decisions. “We don’t want to take our old biased world and just algorithmically make it more effective,” Smith said.
  • Jan 10
Rep. Pete Olson says it’s important the wall between the government and the private sector comes down, so the privacy of individuals can be more adequately protected from issues like data breaches.
  • Jan 10
Megan Smith
CEO, shift7; Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer (2014-2017)
Rep. Robin Kelly
D-III.
Rep. Pete Olson
R-TX
The Ethical Pitfalls in AI: Bias and the Rise of Machines
Experts discuss the dangers of creating intelligent systems and machines fueled by data that reflects bias, from hiring practices to criminal sentencing.
  • Jan 10
Because of inherent human bias, some question whether artificial intelligence systems can truly be objective. NAACP Legal Defense Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill says we must establish who’s responsible for these systems and the decisions they make.
  • Jan 10
NAACP Legal Defense Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill says we need to tackle the difficult conversations that come with AI and end any defensiveness on questions of built-in bias.
  • Jan 10
Sherrilyn Ifill
President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Kelly Trindel
Head of I/O Science and Diversity Analytics, Pymetrics
Miranda Bogen
Senior Policy Analyst, Upturn
Augmenting Human Expertise in Medicine and Healthcare
Augmenting Human Expertise in Medicine and Healthcare
  • Jan 10
IDx Technologies Founder and CEO Dr. Michael Abramoff says doctors using artificial intelligence in their medical practices have to focus on transparency to help ease patients and avoid push back when it comes to technological advances.
  • Jan 10
Health and Human Services scientist Dr. Teresa Zayas Caban says that artificial intelligence in healthcare still needs validation, and the technology will have to perform as well as – or better – than the existing standards to truly be successful.
  • Jan 10
Dr. Teresa Zayas Cabán
Chief Scientist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Michael Abramoff
Founder and CEO, IDx Technologies
Advancing AI: Utopia or Dystopia?
Advancing AI: Utopia or Dystopia?
  • Jan 10
CEO and Founding Partner of Ai.VEN Philippe Nacson says political organizations around the world should be a driving force in regulating artificial intelligence to “secure the future of humankind.”
  • Jan 10
Philippe Nacson
CEO and Founding Partner, Ai.VEN
Yibiao Zhao
CEO and Co-Founder, iSee, The Engine built by MIT
Sponsored Content from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Leaders in the technology industry answer key questions including: what is the reality of AI in terms of what it can do and can’t do ? What are the biggest hurdles to adoption of AI? What are the best practices to accelerate AI adoption?
  • Jan 10
Beena Ammanath
Vice President of Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Adi Bhashyam
Vice President, Forward Deployed Engineering, Alliances and Sales Strategy and Operations, C3
Bill Burnham
Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Public Sector, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
About Washington Post Live
Washington Post Live is the newsroom’s live journalism platform. Government and business leaders, emerging voices and newsmakers discuss the most pressing issues of the day.
    Presenting Sponsor
    (HPE)
    (HPE)
    Supporting Sponsor
    (University of Virginia)
    (University of Virginia)