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Factbox: Big names in Big Tech to attend AI forum of US Senate's Schumer

Aug 18, 2023

[1/2]AI (Artificial Intelligence) letters and robot hand are placed on computer motherboard in this illustration taken, June 23, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Acquire Licensing Rights

Aug 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will host tech leaders and experts at an artificial-intelligence (AI) forum on Sept. 13, as several governments around the world are considering how to mitigate the dangers of the emerging technology.

Here are some names confirmed by Schumer's office as attendees for the upcoming forum:

- Sam Altman: The CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI said in June he was "quite optimistic" about prospects for global coordination on AI.

- Meta Platforms (META.O) CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Meta has invested in artificial intelligence for years. The Facebook and Instagram owner says AI is now moving to the forefront of its business to improve content recommendations and ads across the company's services.

- Elon Musk: The CEO of Tesla (TSLA.O) launched his own AI startup named xAI earlier this year. He has referred to the potential of AI to cause "civilization destruction." He said after a recent trip to China that he thinks the Asian country is interested in a cooperative international framework on AI.

- Alphabet (GOOGL.O) CEO Sundar Pichai: Google's parent company rolled out AI products at an annual developer conference in May and revamped its search engine to include generative AI.

- Microsoft (MSFT.O) CEO Satya Nadella: Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled plans to put artificial intelligence into the hands of more users, with upgrades to its own widely used office software. The technology company previewed a new AI "Copilot" for Microsoft 365, its product suite that includes Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and Outlook emails.

- Nvidia (NVDA.O) CEO Jensen Huang: Nvidia far exceeded expectations with its quarterly revenue forecast in late August as an artificial-intelligence boom fueled demand for its chips.

- IBM (IBM.N) CEO Arvind Krishna: IBM launched a new artificial-intelligence and data platform in May to help companies integrate AI in their business. Krishna told Bloomberg in the same month that IBM expects to pause hiring for roles as roughly 7,800 jobs could be replaced by AI in the coming years.

Other tech leaders and experts expected at the forum include billionaire Bill Gates, Motion Picture Association CEO Charles Rivkin, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Center for Humane Technology co-founder Tristan Harris, University of California, Berkeley researcher Deborah Raji and Palantir Technologies (PLTR.N) CEO Alex Karp, among others.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh and Richard Cowan in WashingtonEditing by Matthew Lewis

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Kanishka Singh is a breaking news reporter for Reuters in Washington DC, who primarily covers US politics and national affairs in his current role. His past breaking news coverage has spanned across a range of topics like the Black Lives Matter movement; the US elections; the 2021 Capitol riots and their follow up probes; the Brexit deal; US-China trade tensions; the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan; the COVID-19 pandemic; and a 2019 Supreme Court verdict on a religious dispute site in his native India.