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CTA's Gary Shapiro
Testifies on AI
ary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA, testified on
April 18, before the House Oversight Committee on
how the government and private sector can address
the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI). This was the third
and final hearing in a series on AI for the Subcommittee on
Information Technology series.
"As AI becomes capable of doing more
complex tasks, it will revolutionize even
more aspects of our lives," Shapiro said
in his opening testimony. "It will also
raise an increasing number of questions
about jobs, bias, cybersecurity and
other serious issues."
Through the hearing, Shapiro and
the other witnesses - experts from
OpenAI, Partnership for AI, and
Harvard University - discussed AI's
future impact on ethics, economics, privacy and transparency. Shapiro
explained how AI will solve fundamental human problems within health care
and safety, but also open the door to
new types of biases, cybersecurity problems, and making certain jobs obsolete.
Shapiro also highlighted CTA's own
efforts to prepare for an AI-driven
world, such as hiring its first vice president of U.S. jobs and creating the 21st
testifies on the
impact of AI.
Century Workforce Council.
"There is no single policy decision or
government action that will guarantee
America's leadership in artificial intelligence," Shapiro said. "But we are confident that we can work together on a
broad range of policies that will put us
in the best possible position to lead well
into the future and deliver the innovative technologies that will continue to
change our lives for the better."
How fast are the states' tech workforces growing?
Innovation in the USA
CTA produces two reports that evaluate
innovation-friendly policies in the U.S.
and abroad. The U.S. Innovation
Scorecard - now in its fourth year - evaluates all 50 states on 12 indicators including undergraduates earning STEM
degrees and laws governing emerging
technologies such as drones, self-driving
cars, ridesharing and short-term rentals.
Twelve states, including one firsttime winner, are now the best places in
the country to create jobs and launch
businesses involving emerging technologies. Arizona, Colorado, Delaware,
Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, New Hampshire, Utah,
Virginia and Washington repeat as
Innovation Champions - the
Scorecard's top ranking - and
Pennsylvania debuts among the top tier.
"In our fourth year of the Scorecard,
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Annual Increase (2016-2017)
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the trends are clear: state governments
that embrace disruptive technologies
early are the best at delivering the policies
that enable our nation's innovators to
flourish," said CTA's Shapiro. "When we
started this report, ridesharing platforms
including Lyft and Uber were still finding
their way with state governments. But
now, most states have legal frameworks
for these services. And more states are
adopting policies that allow emerging
technologies such as self-driving vehicles
and drones to develop and flourish."
To explore the full report and read
state-by-state profiles, visit