Stanford opens the first human-centred AI institute

Signal of change / Stanford opens the first human-centred AI institute

By Ryan Jones / 25 Mar 2019

Stanford University is launching a new institute to study, guide and develop human-centered artificial intelligence technologies and applications.

HAI will be led by John Etchemendy, professor of philosophy and former Stanford University provost, and Fei-Fei Li, professor of computer science and former director of the Stanford AI Lab.

The institute will include members across all seven schools at Stanford and a plethora of industries, and will focus on reaching out to universities, governments, civil society and the global AI community to address the pivotal consequences that AI advances will have.

So what?

We live in a time where the rate of development of technology and science far outpaces its ethics and regulation. There are few fields thats repercussions will encompass all aspects of life more so than AI. Its later stages of development have equally consequential philosophical and ethical questions as technical. We must have answers to these problems before we reach certain tipping points in AI advancement and deployment.

As HAI's founder, John Etchemendy, argues: “So much of AI is focused narrowly around engineering and algorithms… we need a broader discussion; something deeper, something linked to our collective future.”

This new institute represents a meaningful and crucial first step towards academic institutions pivoting the conversation. 


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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