Chief Scientist for Government Accountability Office (GAO) visits Sentient to Gather Feedback from AI Experts

The other week we had the pleasure of hosting Tim Persons, the Chief Scientist for the Government Accountability Office in coordination with the Churchill Club, at our offices in San Francisco. Tim stopped by to gather feedback from industry leaders on how AI is impacting a wide range of topics like cybersecurity, self-driving vehicles, criminal justice and the financial markets. That information will find its way to Congress and help drive policy options for improving outcomes associated with the implementation of AI.

So who joined us? We had quite the Who’s Who of the AI world stop by, including our very own  CEO and Cofounder Babak Hodjat. William Mark, President of Information and Computing Sciences at SRI; Carol Reiley, Cofounder of; Jeremy Howard, Cofounder, Fast.AI;  Sean Gourley, CEO of a machine learning stealth startup; Marcos Campos, Head of AI at, Jeff Welser, VP and Lab Director of IBM Research; Jim Brase, Chief R&D Officer, Computations, Lawrence Livermore National Lab; and Andy Steinbach, Head of AI in Financial Services, nVidia all joined us, as well as our VP Research and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas, Risto Miikkulainen and Arshak Navruzyan, VP of AI Platform.

The insights from our AI discussion are now publicly available in the US Government Accountability Office’s report: “Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications” (Published March 28th, 2018).