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Tech

By Dave Wilson

PIPE LINE

CTA is Focusing on AI

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rtificial intelligence (AI) has come to life. It was a top
trend at CES 2018, and people throughout the consumer
technology industry are working on ways to incorporate AI
into all kinds of products. This hasn't gone unnoticed by lawmakers.
Last year saw the creation of the bipartisan Congressional Artificial
Intelligence Caucus, and then introduction of the FUTURE of
AI Act in both the House and Senate in December. With the New
Year came the introduction of the AI JOBS Act of 2018. In light
of all of this activity, CTA is launching initiatives aimed at growing
AI-related segments of the consumer technology industry.

AI robots
on display at
CES 2018.

Upcoming

The first initiative is the
For example, if a door
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it automatically opens
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when it senses an object
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ties related to AI. CTA is
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As the influence of AI
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looking at - because any
continues to expand,
potential legislation or regthe consumer techulation will need to address this question -
nology industry will be well served to
is what exactly constitutes AI? Everyone
have a common understanding of the
has a general concept, and many have
answers to these and other questions.
come up with their own definitions. When
And the impact of AI will clearly
we start talking about possible regulations
continue to magnify. The Artificial
it's important to understand exactly which
Intelligence Marketplace at CES featured
products are proposed to be covered.
exhibitors showing off AI solutions
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including big data analytics, speech recognition, learning and decision-making
products, and predictive technology. Big
semiconductor companies like Intel and
Qualcomm dedicated large sections of
their exhibits to AI. And there were numerous conference sessions covering areas
like AI's influence on robotics, self-driving
vehicles and the voice-controlled internet.

How Will AI Affect Jobs?

The FUTURE of AI Act will make
the U.S. Department of Commerce
responsible for leading government
policy on AI. It will also create a federal
advisory committee tasked with determining how industry and government might work together to address
AI's impact on the U.S. workforce,
individual privacy rights, innovation,
competitiveness and unbiased treatment of individuals.
The AI JOBS Act of 2018 will
focus squarely on AI's impact on jobs.
It will require the U.S. Secretary of
Labor to produce a report on artificial
intelligence and its impact on the
workforce. The report will identify the
industries expected to see the most
growth in artificial intelligence, predict whether this growth will enhance
workers' capabilities or result in
worker replacement, and report on
the expertise and education needed to
develop, operate or work alongside
AI over the next two decades.
As these and other government efforts
to address AI emerge, CTA's members
will work together toward industry
consensus on what AI is, what it will
mean for the future of society, and what
role the government should play.
Toward this end, CTA will be hosting
discussions about AI at the CTA
Technology & Standards Forum in May.
GO ONLINE: CTA members interested in
joining the AI Working Group, should contact
Melissa Matalon at mmatalon@CTA.tech. 
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http://www.CTA.tech/events

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