California Hosts Joint GenAI Summit with State Government, Industry and Academia

Published On: May 31, 2024

Convened by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California leaders on Wednesday hosted a summit co-chaired by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the California Government Operations Agency, the UC Berkeley College of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI).

Source: Governor’s Office

In a 55-minute fireside chat, the governor joined Jennifer Chayes, dean of the UC Berkeley College of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and  Stanford HAI Co-Director Fei-Fei Li for a wide-ranging discussion on artificial intelligence in the public sector.  Watch the video of the discussion here.

The governor emphasized the state’s commitment to equitable and responsible AI innovation, building on his executive order on generative AI (GenAI) from last year. “GenAI is here and developing quickly – our innovation hubs and state leaders are quickly evolving to use it equitably and responsibly so it benefits all Californians,” Newsom stated.

Gov. Newsom also touted the progress of the recently announced five partnerships in response to GenAI RFI2 solicitations and said that three more proposals are expected to come out soon.

Held at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, the summit highlighted California’s pivotal role in AI development, noting that the state is home to 35 of the world’s top 50 AI companies and a significant portion of AI patents and research. Discussions at the summit focused on AI’s impact on the future of work, its potential to address the climate crisis, and the infrastructure challenges that must be overcome.

Representatives from federal and state governments, Fortune 500 companies, and leading universities participated in the daylong summit, according to the press release. Notable speakers included State Chief Information Officer and CDT Director Liana Bailey Crimmins, NVIDIA’s Louis Stewart, Databricks’ Matei Zaharia, U.S. General Services Administration Administrator Robin Carnahan, California Government Operations Agency Secretary Amy Tong, and others.  Several legislators and staff also attended the event.

Stanford HAI Co-Director Fei-Fei Li underscored the need for human-centered AI design. “For this to happen, we must invest more in the public sector to help shape the development and path of this technology to serve humanity,” Li said.

The summit underscored the collective effort of government, industry, academia, and civic organizations to shape the future of AI in a way that benefits everyone.

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