Apple’s Tim Cook joins Trump’s artificial intelligence board

Write your own punch line.

From CNBC: “Apple and IBM CEOs join Trump’s advisory board to make sure AI doesn’t kill jobs

Two prominent tech leaders are joining President Donald Trump’s advisory board to direct the future of workforce policy, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Wednesday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty are among the 25 members appointed to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which will work “to develop and implement a strategy to revamp the American workforce to better meet the challenges of the 21st century,” according to the announcement. The board will be co-chaired by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the president’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump.

My take: I don’t have a good feeling about this.

See: Why Apple’s Tim Cook didn’t quit on Trump—Charlottesville edition

Below: Complete list of 25 participants. In boldface: Nine corporate CEOs.

  • Jay Box, President, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Walter Bumphus, President & CEO, American Association of Community Colleges
  • Jim Clark, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
  • Tom Donohue, CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Juanita Duggan, President & CEO, National Federation for Independent Business
  • Elizabeth Goettl, President & CEO, Cristo Rey Network
  • Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President, & CEO, Lockheed Martin
  • Eric Holcomb, Governor, Indiana
  • Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
  • Al Kelly, CEO, Visa
  • Vi Lyles, Mayor, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP America
  • Sean McGarvey, President, North America’s Building and Trades Unions
  • Doug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart
  • Craig Menear, Chairman, President, & CEO, Home Depot
  • Michael Piwowar, Executive Director, Milken Institute
  • Scott Pulsipher, President, Western Governors University\Kim Reynolds, Governor, Iowa
  • Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, & CEO, IBM
  • Scott Sanders, Executive Director, National Association of State Workforce Agencies
  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Jay Timmons, President & CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
  • Sheree Utash, President, WSU Tech
  • Marianne Wanamaker, Professor, University of Tennessee


  1. Fred Stein said:
    guarded optimism.

    Trump started a trade war – poked a bear. AI is the future of war, economic or military. The bear we poked is emperor for life, w/ 4 times our population and a 20 year vision.

    Maybe the above leaders can help us de-escalate.

    February 13, 2019
  2. David Emery said:
    A bunch of CEOs, a lot of whom aren’t even from tech industries? Not sure what will come out of this other than soundbites.

    There are significant technical and ethical problems in AI. The problems with applying it to industry are a lot less significant. And a focus on “what do do about workers displaced by AI” would be a worthy topic, but not with this group of talking heads.

    February 13, 2019
  3. Gianfranco Pedron said:
    “Apple and IBM CEOs join Trump’s advisory board to make sure AI doesn’t kill jobs”

    Am I the only one who is totally fed up with the clickbait negative headline spin it appears every news article is tagged with these days? Are the people who write these headlines in cahoots with drug companies selling anti-depressants? Jeeeez, give me a break people.

    How about a positive headline once in a while like: “Apple and IBM CEOs join Trump’s advisory board to make sure AI creates millions of high paying jobs for Americans.”

    … puts a totally different spin on the article and the effort … not that it will change the eventual outcome …

    Lets give people a little hope for a change instead of taking a dump in their bowl of Corn Flakes every morning.

    February 14, 2019

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