Tech entrepreneurs and venture investors are heading to the White House on Thursday to discuss the potential impact of emerging technologies on U.S. industrial workers.
The meeting was organized by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, now led by Deputy CTO Michael Kratsios, formerly chief of staff for billionaire investor and PayPal founder Peter Thiel. President Donald Trump has yet to appoint a science advisor to run the office.
Executives and investors from some 25 companies are slated to attend, alongside Kratsios and Trump's chief economic adviser Gary D. Cohn. The companies are working on super-fast 5G internet and drone-related technologies.
CNBC has learned that these start-ups plan to participate:
- AirMap (Ben Marcus, CEO)
- Kespry (George Mathew, CEO)
- Measure (Brandon Torres Declet, CEO)
Larger corporations expected to attend include:
- AT&T (Randall Stephenson, CEO)
- CenturyLink (Glen Post, CEO and Aamir Hussain, CTO)
- General Electric (Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO)
- Honeywell ( Darius Adamczyk, CEO)
- Microsoft (Peggy Johnson, EVP)
- Sprint (Marcelo Claure, CEO)
- Verizon (John G. Stratton, EVP & president of customer and product operations, and Craig Silliman, EVP public policy & general counsel)
Financial organizations participating include:
- Lightspeed Venture Partners (founder Barry Eggers)
- New Enterprise Associates
AirMap's Marcus said he's hoping to urge regulators to move more quickly to establish rules allowing drones to be used commercially.