Jack Clark

Jack Clark is a co-founder of Anthropic, an AI safety and research company. He is also co-chair of the AI Index at Stanford University, co-chair of the OECD's working group on classifying and defining AI systems, a member of the OECD's working group on analyzing the relationship between AI and Compute, and an external research fellow at CSET. In his spare time, he writes Import AI, a newsletter about technical AI research read by more than 25,000 people each week.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families. Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence.Congresswoman Kelly is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (the main policy-writing body of the House) and serves on the Health, Energy, and Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittees. Her Energy and Commerce work is focused on expanding access to healthcare, consumer protection for American families and economic development.Additionally, she is a Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves on the national security and civil rights and civil liberties subcommittees. She also represents the Midwest (Region IV) on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus, and serves as a member of the House Democracy Partnership.

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo

Like the Silicon Valley region she represents, Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo exemplifies innovation. She’s creative, productive, a problem solver, and a consensus builder. For over two decades in Congress, Rep. Eshoo has defended consumers, promoted American competitiveness and innovation, fought for access to health care for families and children, protected the environment, and encouraged development of clean energy technology.

Anna G. Eshoo was first sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives in January 1993, after serving on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for 10 years. She has served on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee since 1995, and she was the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for six years, the first woman in the history of the Subcommittee to serve in a leadership role. On January 15, 2019, the Democratic Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to elect Congresswoman Eshoo as the first woman to ever serve as Chair of the Health Subcommittee.

Rep. Eshoo was born in New Britain, Connecticut, of Assyrian and Armenian heritage. She is the proud mother of two children, Karen and Paul. Eshoo is a graduate of Cañada College and the CORO Foundation and was awarded an Honorary Degree by Menlo College.

Congressman Michael T. McCaul

Congressman Michael T. McCaul is currently serving his ninth term representing Texas' 10th District in the United States Congress. The 10th Congressional District of Texas stretches from the city of Austin to the Houston suburbs and includes Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller CountiesCongressman McCaul became the Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress and continues to serve in the 117th Congress. This committee considers legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, including the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act.As the Republican Leader, McCaul is committed to ensuring we promote America’s leadership on the global stage. In his view, it is essential the United States bolsters international engagement with our allies, counters the aggressive policies of our adversaries, and advances the common interests of nations in defense of stability and democracy around the globe. He will continue to use his national security expertise to work to counter threats facing the United States, especially the increasing threat we face from nation state actors such as China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, among others.

Professor Anima Anandkumar

Anima Anandkumar is a Bren Professor at Caltech and Director of ML Research at NVIDIA. She was previously a Principal Scientist at Amazon Web Services. She has received several honors such as Alfred. P. Sloan Fellowship, NSF Career Award, Young investigator awards from DoD, and Faculty Fellowships from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Adobe. She is part of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network. She is passionate about designing principled AI algorithms and applying them in interdisciplinary applications. Her research focus is on unsupervised AI, optimization, and tensor methods.

Dr. Lynne E. Parker

is the Founding Director of the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative Office, and Assistant Director for AI in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  In these roles, she leads national AI policy efforts and coordinates AI activities across the Federal agencies in support of the National AI Initiative.  She also serves as the co-chair of the National AI Research Resource Task Force.  Dr. Parker has advanced AI policy in the White House since August 2018, and has played an integral role in numerous landmark national AI policies that bolster research, governance, education and workforce training, and international engagement.  Dr. Parker is Professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee (UT) (on assignment to OSTP). She is an expert on distributed and intelligent robot systems, human-robot interaction, and AI and has published extensively in these areas.  She has held leadership positions at UT (Interim Dean), the National Science Foundation (Division Director), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Distinguished R&D Staff Member and Group Leader). She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Hodan Omaar

Hodan Omaar is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that formulates pragmatic public policies designed to maximize the benefits of data-driven innovation. Hodan speaks and writes on a variety of issues related to emerging technology policy, including U.S. policy in artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and quantum computing. Previously, she worked as a senior consultant on technology and risk management in London and as a crypto-economist in Berlin. She has an MA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh.

Kate Tummarello

Kate Tummarello is Executive Director of Engine, a DC-based nonprofit that works with thousands of startups across the country to advocate for pro-innovation, pro-entrepreneurship policies. Engine works on a wide range of issues impacting the startup ecosystem, including access to capital and talent, privacy, and intermediary liability and serves as the bridge between federal policymakers and the startup ecosystems in every state and district.

Congressman Jerry McNerney

Jerry McNerney was sworn into office on January 4, 2007. He is proud to represent California’s9th District, which includes a large portion of San Joaquin County and parts of Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties. Jerry is honored to serve on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics and previously served as an engineering contractor as well as an energy consultant. During his career in wind energy, Jerry’s work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Elham Tabassi

Elham Tabassi is the Chief of Staff in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She leads NIST Trustworthy and Responsible AI program that aims to cultivate trust in the design, development, and use of AI technologies by improving measurement science, standards, and related tools in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life. She has been working on various machine learning and computer vision research projects with applications in biometrics evaluation and standards since she joined NIST in 1999.  She is a member of the National AI Resource Research Task Force, a senior member of IEEE, and a fellow of Washington Academy of Sciences.

Meg King

Meg King is the Director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP).  She leads a portfolio of transformational technology projects which focus on leveraging North America’s competitive advantages while improving security as well as analyzing policy challenges and opportunities posed by space-enabled critical infrastructure.  King also leads cutting-edge training p­rograms to equip generations of Congressional and Executive branch staff with a better base of technology knowledge. A former Pentagon program manager and senior Congressional aide, King has written on topics ranging from cybersecurity to AI.

Thomas Dawson

Tom Dawson is the co-founder and CEO of Pruve Systems, Inc., a SaaS development company merging artificial intelligence, blockchain, and biometrics for individuals to self-authenticate, secure, and export information. Prior to Pruve Systems, Inc., Tom was CEO of TD&P Consulting, Inc., a forensic economics and damages analysis firm. Before joining TD&P, Tom was Counsel to the United States House Committee on Small Business where he oversaw all US healthcare policy and legislation impacting small businesses and an ERISA attorney with the United States Department of Labor. Tom holds an MPH from George Washington University, a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law, an MA from the University of Florida Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Philosophy specializing in Social Science, and a BA from Morehouse College in Philosophy.

SeedAI Policy Summit

When: Oct 22nd, 9:50am-6pm ET
Where: CTA Innovation House
21 D Street SE Washington, D.C. 20003
Join us for our first Policy Summit event in Washington, DC. The event will be broadcast live to the Seedai.org website.

If you would like to attend in person, please indicate so when submitting your RSVP. Capacity is limited, so approval emails will be sent to confirm a seat is reserved for you.

Please note DC is currently requiring all attendees to wear masks while indoors. The CTA Innovation House requires proof of vaccination onsite to gain entry inside. If attending in-person, please bring your vaccination card or a photo with you. 

Agenda Below
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SeedAI Policy Summit

When: Oct 22nd, 9:50am-6pm ET
Where: CTA Innovation House
21 D Street SE Washington, D.C. 20003

Event Summary

We are SeedAI, a nonprofit organization working towards AI resources for communities across the U.S. At the SeedAI Policy Summit, we’re bringing together leaders in Congress, the Administration, academia, established industry, and startups to lay a foundation for how we can seize the moment.

In 2017, Andrew Ng said “AI is the new electricity,” describing his view that AI would transform every industry and dramatically increase the pace of technological development in the next several years.

In the years since, world leaders and top CEOs have echoed the premise through statements and furious competition. Yet today, only a few people truly have the ability to study and build AI, or integrate it into their businesses.

So what would the United States become if we started treating AI like electricity? Can we build up capacity for states and regions such that it’s safely and readily accessible for people across the country?

New federal programs are opening an incredible opportunity for us to pursue that possibility. At the SeedAI Policy Summit, we’re bringing together leaders in Congress, the Administration, academia, established industry, and startups to lay a foundation for how we can seize the moment.

Join us and add your voice. From here, we’ll develop pathways to building a representative workforce that creates transparent, trustworthy, and transformative technology -- AI that we’re confident is aligned with our interests, enriching the human experience in ways we can’t yet imagine.

Featured Panelists

Dr. Lynne E. Parker

  • Director, National AI Initiative Office
  • Assistant Director for AI, OSTP
  • Co-Chair, National AI Research Resource Task Force

Professor Anima Anandkumar

  • Bren Professor, Caltech
  • Director of ML Research, NVIDIA

Ranking Member Michael T. McCaul

  • Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Semiconductor Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional High Tech Caucus

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo

  • Co-Lead, National AI Research Resource Task Force Act
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Chair, Health Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

  • Vice Chair, Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Co-Chair, The Tech Accountability Caucus

Jack Clark

  • Co-founder, Anthropic
  • Co-chair, Stanford AI Index
  • Co-chair, OECD working group on AI and Compute

Hodan Omaar

  • AI Policy Lead, ITIF

Kate Tummarello

  • Executive Director, Engine

Congressman Jerry McNerney

  • Co-Chair, Congressional AI Caucus

Elham Tabassi

  • Chief of Staff, Information Technology Lab at Nist
  • Member, National AI Research Resource Task Force

Meg King

  • Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at Wilson Center

Thomas Dawson

  • Co-founder & CEO, Pruve Systems

Leo Hentschker

  • CTO, Column

Joseph Nelson

  • CEO, Roboflow

Agenda

9:55-9:58am
Austin Carson Welcome
10:00-10:05am
Congresswoman Robin Kelly Remarks
__Vice Chair, Energy and Commerce Committee
__Co-Chair, Tech Accountability Caucus
10:15-10:55am
Cornerstone: The Potential of the National AI Research Resource
Earlier this year, the National AI Research Resource Task Force began examining the most effective way to make resources available for AI researchers around the United States. Such a system could remake the face of AI research and set the stage for building up broader AI opportunity -- especially for underrepresented communities. This panel will bring together top experts to discuss how their experiences show the need for and suggest potential forms of a national resource for AI research. It will also explore how an AI research resource could be used to address ethical concerns by enabling a new class of research, developing metrics, and building testbeds to evaluate AI technology.

__Meg King
_____Director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at Wilson Center___
__Dr. Anima Anandkumar
_____Bren Professor, Caltech
_____Director of ML Research, NVIDIA
__Elham Tabassi
_____Chief of Staff for the Information Technology Lab at Nist
_____Member of the National AI Research Resource Task Force
__Hodan Omar
_____AI Policy Lead, ITIF
11:00-11:25am
Armchair w/ Dr. Lynne Parker: The Vision for the NAIRR and Relationship to The National AI Initiative
__Director, National AI Initiative Office
__Assistant Director for AI, OSTP
__Co-Chair, National AI Research Resource Task Force
11:30-11:55am
Jack Clark: “Why did AI get so crazy all of a sudden?”
__Co-founder, Anthropic
__Co-chair, Stanford AI Index
__Co-chair, OECD working group on AI and Compute
11:50am-1:00pm
Lunch
1:00-1:05pm
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Remarks
__Co-Lead, National AI Research Resource Task Force Act
__Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus
__Chair, Health Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee
1:07-1:12pm
Congressman Jerry McNerney Remarks
__Co-Chair, Congressional AI Caucus
1:14-1:19pm
Ranking Member Michael T. McCaul Remarks
__Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus
__Co-Chair, Congressional Semiconductor Caucus
__Co-Chair, Congressional High Tech Caucus
1:25-2:05pm
What Do Local AI Resources Mean for The Startup Ecosystem?
Startups are a prime source of technological progress. Yet in the age of AI, they are constrained without the expensive computers, stockpiles of data, and human resources of the established players.

What would it mean for startups if they had access to the resources to build AI or integrate it into their products? Even without expansion, could NAIRR change their decisions on where to invest, or the products they pursue? If NAIRR is the foundation for broader investments in AI resources, how can it best evolve to support their needs?

__Leo Hentschker
_____CTO, Column___
__Thomas Dawson
_____Co-founder & CEO, Pruve Systems___
__Kate Tummarello
_____Executive Director, Engine
__Joseph Nelson
_____CEO, Roboflow
2:10-5:00pm
Reception & Tech Demos
If you have any questions about us or our event, please feel free to reach out to us at team@seedai.org.
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