Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry.
The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs and the economy.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Gini Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.
Bloomberg news reported that artificial intelligence, 5G and robotics are among the topics to be discussed.
IBM told Bloomberg that “Rometty would focus on AI that is both ethical and transparent, the need for more collaboration between government and industry on developing the technology, as well as the ‘urgency of modernizing skills training and education.'”
It’s not clear if Trump is also attending. Some of Trump’s policies on trade and immigration have antagonized the tech industry.
The president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is attending a separate business gathering in Washington on Thursday that includes the CEOs of IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Boeing and AT&T.