AI, 5G Will Energize U.S. Economy, Says FCC Chair at GTC
Ajit Pai recalls a cold February day, standing in a field at the Wind River reservation in central Wyoming with Arapaho Indian leaders, hearing how they used a Connecting America grant to link schools and homes to gigabit fiber Internet.
It was one of many technology transformations the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission witnessed in visits to 49 states.
“Those trips redouble my motivation to do everything we can to close the digital divide because I want to make sure every American can participate in the digital economy,” said Pai in an online talk at NVIDIA’s GTC event.
Technologies like 5G and AI promise to keep that economy vibrant across factories, hospitals, warehouses and farm fields.
“I visited a corn farmer in Idaho who wants his combine to upload data to the cloud as it goes through the field to determine what water and pesticide to apply … AI will be transformative,” Pai said.
“AI is definitely the next industrial revolution, and America can help lead it,” said Soma Velayutham, NVIDIA’s general manager for AI in telecoms and 5G and host of the online talk with Pai.