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  • 18 April, 2017

    Walking to the Sky

    The second week of my EF trip has been challenging and motivating. In order to understand the broad context on societal effects and future business opportunities of AI and robotics on a 20-25 year perspective, many meetings have been held with good discussions.

    Meeting at the Defense cooperation office at the Swedish Embassy. Nils Johansson, Sr Advisor on Defense Industry Cooperation (left in picture) and Dr. Andreas Larsson, Science and Innovation Counselor (right).

    The military implications have been discussed with Pentagon Office of Secretary of Defense and the Swedish Defense cooperation office at the House of Sweden in Washington D.C. Nils Johansson, Sr Advisor on Defense Industry Cooperation and Dr. Andreas Larsson, Science and Innovation Counselor.

    International policy was discussed with Susan Eisenhower and Ambassador Kurt Volker at the McCain Institute.

    Autonomous transportation was discussed in depth with the Department of Transportation. Many questions were addressed, including How will autonomous systems be adopted? When will the standards and laws be defined and implemented?

    Work displacement due to automation and worker retraining was discussed with Department of Labor. Many questions were addressed, including if automation create more jobs or not over two to three decades.

    A panel discussion held by AAAS on Future of Work followed by discussions with FCC and the US Small Business Administration on SBIR. The panel discussed topics such as:

    • Where does entrepreneurship fit in an increasingly technologized world?
    • What does the future labor work force look like?
    • Automation and the future of AI

     

    The week rounded up at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Robotics Institute and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. CMU is frequently visited by National Security decision makers to learn the latest on intelligent analysis.

    The CMU campus has a very inspiring monument, “Walking to the Sky” which is the theme of this week. Next week is very busy with more meetings in Pittsburg, Boston, Austin and moving over to LA.

    Fredrik Bruhn
    CEO, Unibap

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