Overnight Tech: White House watching rise of artificial intelligence

LEDE: The White House is starting to take notice of the growing influence of artificial intelligence.

Over the next several months, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will hold four workshops exploring the different implications of artificial intelligence. It will eventually lead to a public report later this year, Ed Felton, the deputy U.S. chief technology officer, said Tuesday.


In Seattle later this month, a workshop will explore the legal and governing implications. Other workshops will explore how the technology can be used for the social good, as well as safety concerns and social and economic implications. Check out the entire schedule here. For our report on the White House's plans, click here.

A GAVEL FIGHT FOR THE SILVER SCREEN: The Hill's Scott Wong does the deepest dive yet into the impending Energy and Commerce chairman fight between Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). One senior member called it a "King Kong vs. Godzilla kind of race." Walden is the current chairman of the NRCC and leads the subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Shimkus has seniority and close ties to the majority whip operation.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON TWITTER, CAMPAIGNS: Twitter might be most useful to campaigns as a monitoring tool, according to the publication Campaigns and Elections. More than a place to push a campaign's content to supporters, Twitter is an effective platform to understand what is going on, said some strategists, in what they termed "social scanning." Others said Twitter is still a useful place to get your content seen by journalists or other important people.

THE INTERNET OF THINGS: Join us on Tuesday, May 10 for Internet of Things: The Next Frontier in Tech Innovation. Policymakers & industry leaders will discuss public-private partnerships for developing and implementing cutting-edge mobile technologies, and the policies and regulations necessary to ensure the security of these new tools. Sponsored by Visa. RSVP here.

FREE PRESS EXPLAINS 'DIVEST FROM HATE' CAMPAIGN: Free Press Craig Aaron published a post explaining why his group is helping with a pressure campaign to get technology and other companies to not donate to the GOP convention this year because of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE: "This campaign involves the industries we monitor and relates to the media, technology and democracy issues we care about most," he wrote.

HAVE THE ROBOT DRIVE THE KIDS TO SCHOOL: It's looking like the reports are true and Google's holding company Alphabet has inked an agreement with Fiat-Chrysler for its autonomous car project, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper reports that Alphabet will buy 100 minivans from the manufacturer that will be made to accommodate the company's self-driving car technology.

CHINA INVESTIGATES BAIDU MEDICAL ADS: China is investigating search engine Baidu for its screening of medical advertisements after a young man reportedly died of cancer when his family sought treatments they found advertised on the service. The therapy was said to be state-of-the-art, but was in fact an unsuccessful treatment being passed off as something new. He accused the company of prioritizing profits over credible advertising policies. And, with his death, the search firm is taking heat.

FWIW: WHAT GOOGLE DOES: Here are Google's policies on medical advertisements.

INSIDE FACEBOOK'S TRENDING TOPICS: Gizmodo has been on a tear recently with stories from inside Facebook, and today's file on the people behind its "trending topics" feature is no exception. Young contractors spend all day assembling the headlines and summaries that go with the topics, according to the story, and many are dissatisfied with the job. Here's what Facebook told Gizmodo: "We don't comment on rumor or speculation. As with all contractors, the trending review team contractors are fairly compensated and receive appropriate benefits."

WHATSAPP BLOCK TRENDS: Bloomberg has a good report on what, exactly, it means when WhatsApp is blocked in Brazil. Short answer: a lot. The 72 hour ban imposed yesterday (and overturned today) was front page news in major papers, and the town where the judge issued the order to block the site was a trending topic on Twitter. That's because WhatsApp is estimated to have roughly 100 million users in the country -- so when service goes down, it's a big deal.


A judge in Brazil has overturned a ruling temporarily blocking WhatsApp, the popular messaging service.

A group of prominent women in Silicon Valley on Tuesday launched a new initiative to guide tech startups in addressing diversity issues.

Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBredesen says he won't back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems Ignored Latino vote will be key in future elections MORE was generating the same amount of search interest as GOP front-runner Donald Trump in Indiana ahead of Tuesday night's primary, according to Google Trends.

The average price of an Airbnb listing in the Cleveland area is spiking for the four days when the city will host the Republican National Convention (RNC) this summer.

Edward Snowden cheered on the increasingly swift pace of government leaks that are giving the public access to reams of official secrets.


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