Secretive Meeting of World Elites Discussing AI

Room Where It Happens There’s a party going down in Lisbon, Portugal — and sorry, but you probably aren’t invited. As CNBC reports, 130 of the world’s “business and political” elites are converging in Lisbon this week for the annual Bilderberg Meeting. While CNBC makes a big deal out of pointing out that “artificial intelligence will top the agenda” — which is technically true — we couldn’t help but notice the list of topics appeared in alphabetical order, guaranteeing the letters “AI” to be in top position. Top priority or not, it’s probably unsurprising to hear that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman — who just made his first appearance in front of US Congress, where he discussed AI regulation with lawmakers on Capitol Hill — is on the guest list, as is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, DeepMind head Demis Hassabis, and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. That’s more or less all we know about the secretive meeting, a cabal of tech luminaries and political juggernauts, where AI may well be the topic du jour. But don’t get your hopes up. These are discussions that us peasants will likely never hear about. Oh, to be a fly on the wall. Booked and Busy But that said, the fact that AI is even on the docket for these leaders feels pretty significant. For context, last year geopolitical realignments related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine topped the list. For AI to take precedence over a still-ongoing war — at least in the media’s…Secretive Meeting of World Elites Discussing AI

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