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Monday, January 29 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Algorithmic Applesauce: Teaching Machines to Reason

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Recent reports on Artificial Intelligence from the World Economic Forum and the AI Now Institute have reiterated a need for policymaker engagement and thoughtful examination of the impact of AI on society. As algorithmic decision making continues to grow more central to our lives, pervading fields such as policing, hiring, and entertainment, it has brought us into previously uncharted policy territory. These algorithms, however, are treated as "black boxes", where decisions are made through mathematical heuristics rather than linear logic. With the discovery of biases inherent to the machine learning process, how can companies, consumers, and government ensure that these technologies are used for good? Join us as we discuss the impact of these algorithms, the push for algorithmic fairness, and the attempt to build transparent algorithms that can explain their reasoning.

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Michaela Ross

Tech and Telecom Reporter, Bloomberg Law
Michaela Ross covers tech and telecom policy for Bloomberg BNA in Washington D.C. She has an M.A. in business and economics journalism from the City University of New York and previously reported for Bloomberg L.P. Follow Michaela on Twitter at @michaelarossa... Read More →

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Professor James Bessen

Director, Technology & Policy Research Initiative, Boston University School of Law
James Bessen, Executive Director of the Technology & Policy Research Initiative at Boston University School of Law, is an economist and Lecturer who studies technology and innovation policy. He has also been a successful innovator and CEO of a software company.Bessen has done research on whether patents promote innovation, why innovators share new knowledge... Read More →
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Charles Duan

Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Tech & Innovation Policy, R Street Institute
Charles Duan is a senior fellow and associate director of tech & innovation policy at the R Street Institute, where he focuses his research on intellectual property issues.Before joining R Street in January 2018, Charles was the director of the patent reform project at Public Knowledge... Read More →
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Nick Sinai

Venture Partner, Insight Venture Partners
Nick Sinai is a venture partner at Insight Venture Partners. Nick works with existing portfolio companies in the data and software sectors, and identifies new opportunities for investment in these sectors. Nick also advises portfolio companies on policy, regulatory, and government... Read More →
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Michele Viterise

Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative John Delaney
Michele Viterise manages the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus staff work for Congressman Delaney, where she serves as a Legislative Assistant. She recently helped introduce the FUTURE of AI Act (H.R. 4625), first-of-its-kind bipartisan legislation that would create a policy... Read More →

Monday January 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 802