The East and West Coasts are talking about the future differently: On one coast, there is a mix of optimism and fear that AI will become too powerful and one day threaten humanity. On the other, AI is viewed as the latest Big Tech invention that threatens to upend society. While Silicon Valley is reimagining a world with generative AI at the center, Washington is looking to rein it in. 

Join us in person December 7th in Washington, D.C., where Semafor’s editors will lead a bicoastal exchange of ideas from both coasts, posing the biggest questions around AI to tech leaders and top policymakers: what are AI’s limitations and what it means for the way we work, live, cure diseases, wage war and campaign in democratic elections, and what exactly it is.


December 7, 2023


The Gallup Building, Washington D.C.


Rep. Jim Himes

(D) Connecticut

Rep. Jay Obernolte 

 (R) California

Rep. Ted Lieu

(D) California 

Kent Walker

President of Global Affairs, Google & Alphabet

Dr. Geri Richmond

Undersecretary for Science and Innovation, Department of Energy

Tom Wheeler

Former FCC Chairman

Dr. Namandjé N. Bumpus

Chief Scientist, FDA

Jared Dunnmon

Senior Advisor, Defense Innovation Unit, Department of Defense

Liz Centoni

Executive Vice President, General Manager - Applications, and Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco

Chris Novak

Managing Director, Verizon Cyber Security Consulting

Keith Peiris

CEO and Co-Founder, Tome

Max Fenkell

Head of Government Relations, ScaleAI

Anthony Aguirre

Executive Director and Board Secretary, Future of Life Institute

Aravind Srinivas

CEO, Perplexity AI

Portia Allen-Kyle

Chief Advisor, Color of Change

Jason Steiner, PhD

Architect & Advisor, AI-Drug Discovery


Reed Albergotti

Technology Editor, Semafor

Gina Chon

Business & Technology Editor, Semafor

Louise Matsakis

Technology Reporter, Semafor

Morgan Chalfant

Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, Semafor


12:00 p.m.
Doors Open

12:15 p.m to 2:30 p.m. 

901 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004


12:00 p.m.
Doors Open

12:15 p.m to 2:30 p.m.