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Navigating Public Policy in an AI-Enabled Future

Posted Oct 21
# Fireside Chat
# TransformX 2022
# AI Policy & Governance
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Jason Matheny
Jason Matheny
Jason Matheny
President and Chief Executive Officer @ RAND Corporation

Jason Matheny (he/him) is president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. Prior to becoming RAND's president and CEO in July 2022, he led White House policy on technology and national security at the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, he was founding director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University and director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), where he was responsible for developing advanced technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. Before IARPA, he worked for Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, and Princeton University. Matheny has served on many nonpartisan boards and committees, including the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, to which he was appointed by Congress in 2018. He is a recipient of the Intelligence Community's Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology, the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He was also named one of Foreign Policy's “Top 50 Global Thinkers.” Matheny holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Duke University, and a B.A. in art history from the University of Chicago.

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Jason Matheny (he/him) is president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. Prior to becoming RAND's president and CEO in July 2022, he led White House policy on technology and national security at the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, he was founding director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University and director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), where he was responsible for developing advanced technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. Before IARPA, he worked for Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, and Princeton University. Matheny has served on many nonpartisan boards and committees, including the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, to which he was appointed by Congress in 2018. He is a recipient of the Intelligence Community's Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology, the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He was also named one of Foreign Policy's “Top 50 Global Thinkers.” Matheny holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Duke University, and a B.A. in art history from the University of Chicago.

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Alexandr Wang
Alexandr Wang
Alexandr Wang
CEO & Founder @ Scale AI

Alexandr Wang is the founder and CEO of Scale AI, the data platform accelerating the development of artificial intelligence. Alex founded Scale as a student at MIT at the age of 19 to help companies build long-term AI strategies with the right data and infrastructure. Under Alex's leadership, Scale has grown to a $7bn valuation serving hundreds of customers across industries from finance to e-commerce to U.S. government agencies.

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Alexandr Wang is the founder and CEO of Scale AI, the data platform accelerating the development of artificial intelligence. Alex founded Scale as a student at MIT at the age of 19 to help companies build long-term AI strategies with the right data and infrastructure. Under Alex's leadership, Scale has grown to a $7bn valuation serving hundreds of customers across industries from finance to e-commerce to U.S. government agencies.

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SUMMARY

Learn how Dr. Jason Matheny, CEO of the RAND Coporation, and his team of researchers seek to make the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous providing insights on advanced technology to policymakers. Dr. Matheny will sit down with Scale CEO and Co-Founder Alexandr Wang to discuss many of the urgent challenges facing AI, healthcare, and public policy today. They discuss advances in synthetic biology and AI, including DeepMind's AlphaFold, have an enormous upside potential for medicine, but also pose a threat because it makes this technology more available for bad actors.

Dr. Methany will also cover large language models and code generation tools, and how they will make developers and governments more efficient and more capable. He will also talk about whether AI’s offensive or defensive capabilities are more advantageous, and why public sector adoption of machine learning capabilities is so important. Other topics he will cover include how to ensure the US is a desirable destination for STEM talent including AI researchers, and how private sector technologists can provide value to policymakers to better understand technology and make more informed policy decisions. Dr. Matheny has served as Deputy Director of National Security, in other senior roles in the security field, and in various capacities in the healthcare industry.

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