The House Armed Services Committee has named Eric Schmidt, technical adviser to Alphabet’s board; and Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Labs; to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.
The commission was formed through the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to assess developments in AI, machine learning and related technologies as well as their implications for national security, the committee said Wednesday.
HASC Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash), the House panel’s ranking member, respectively appointed Schmidt and Horvitz to the commission.
Schmidt has been serving on the Defense Innovation Board as chairman since 2016 and is former executive chairman of Alphabet.
He previously served as chairman and CEO of Google and as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science between 2009 and 2017.
Horvitz is a technical fellow at Microsoft and co-founder and board chair of the Partnership on AI to Support People and Society.
He is former president of the Association for the Advancement of AI and previously served on the advisory panels of the Allen Institute for AI, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.