The White House has brought together representatives from giant US tech firms including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook with a view to setting up an advisory panel of government officials to assess the impact of AI.

The group will be known as ‘The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence’, and will advise President Trump and White House on AI research and development priorities.

 “In the summer of 1956, a dozen American scientists gathered on Dartmouth’s campus with the goal to ‘find out how to make machines solve the kinds of problems now reserved for humans.’” said Michael Kratsios, deputy assistant to the president for technology policy and acting head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Whilst the president’s advisor welcomed the new committee, he suggested that regulation in the sector was not a primary concern, citing the lack of regulation prior to the first flight and telephone call made.

“We didn’t cut the lines before Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call,” Kratsios is reported as saying by Bloomberg News.

Also included at the meeting were representatives from aerospace giants Boeing and United Airline, creditcard company Mastercard and car manufacturer Ford.

On the agenda for the committee are discussions about data privacy, America’s research and development against competing nations such as china, and regulatory requirements.