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The new Executive Order on Responsible AI issued by California Governor Newsom represents an important step forward in strengthening California's global competitive edge, noted SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas today.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Responsible AI Working Group met with state assembly members, senators and legislative staff representing diverse regions across California to discuss the state of Artificial Intelligence, private sector use cases, and potential applications in government operations.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) – the leading business association representing the innovation economy and its ecosystem – today announced four new initiatives focused on issues of equity, representation, and expanded opportunities in tech with an eye towards enhancing the region’s business competitiveness.
Two years ago SVLG launched an ambitious initiative designed to literally change the face of Silicon Valley, Pledge 25x25. This effort is designed to both help address, and overcome, the systemic professional barriers underrepresented persons face in corporate settings. On behalf of our member companies, since 2021, we’ve made significant progress, learned a few valuable lessons, and maintained momentum in spite of significant social and economic headwinds. However, and at the same time, we have also seen two landmark pieces of board diversity legislation in California struck down and are now existing in a world where race-based college admissions policies are deemed unconstitutional.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) – today announced plans to launch three new initiatives – first, the Zero-Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) Task Force, second, the Climate Bond Task Force, and third, the Working Group on Transmission + Interconnection – as part of an ongoing initiative to advance sustainable climate solutions, drive job creation, and increase investment in clean and reliable energy infrastructure across Silicon Valley and the state of California.
SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas applauded the agreement between the White House and leading Silicon Valley companies on the responsible deployment of artificial intelligence (AI).
SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas criticized the recent Supreme Court ruling against the use of race as a criterion for higher education admissions -- rolling back long-standing precedents that permitted affirmative-action programs.
Governor Newsom and Legislative leaders reached a budget agreement, which SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas applauded as essential to strengthen California’s competitiveness, support innovation and accelerate progress on California’s ambitious climate goals.
As the leading organization representing the innovation economy and its ecosystem, SVLG supports the Governor’s proposals to streamline CEQA. These clean infrastructure projects – like water, clean transportation projects like Zero Emission Vehicle charging infrastructure and rail upgrades, clean energy and semiconductor or microelectronic research and development facilities – will promote jobs, strengthen California's competitiveness, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed reforms are essential to position California to compete not only for federal dollars but also private-sector investments at a time of great economic volatility and uncertainty.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) – the leading business association representing the innovation economy and its ecosystem – today announced a new working group co-chaired by member companies Google and Johnson & Johnson focused on the responsible use of artificial intelligence by the technology industry.
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