Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

December 12, 2017

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Digital Decision-Making: The Building Blocks of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The hearing will examine the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) in today’s digital economy, the development of algorithms powering AI, and what practices are in place or should be in place to ensure proper use of this technology.


    - Dr. Cindy Bethel, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Mississippi State University
    - Mr. Daniel Castro, Vice President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
    - Ms. Victoria Espinel, Chief Executive Officer, The Software Alliance
    - Dr. Edward Felten, Ph.D., Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University.
    - Dr. Dario Gil, Ph.D., Vice President, IBM Research AI and IBM Q, IBM

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on


Witness Panel 1

  • Dario Gil

    Vice President
    AI and IBM Q
  • Edward W. Felten

    Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs
    Princeton University
  • Victoria Espinel

    President and CEO
    BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Daniel Castro

    Vice President
    Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
  • Dr. Cindy L. Bethel

    Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
    Mississippi State University