Stanford creates AI institute to improve the human condition

Stanford (Calif.) University is opening the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, an interdisciplinary hub for research, policy and education on AI that improves the human condition.

Stanford's new institute will partner with companies across sectors, government and nongovernmental organizations to ensure technology is being developed with society in mind.

"Now is our opportunity to shape that future by putting humanists and social scientists alongside people who are developing artificial intelligence," Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD, said in a press release. "This approach aligns with Stanford's founding purpose to produce knowledge for the betterment of humanity."

John Etchemendy, PhD, a professor of philosophy and former Stanford University provost, and Fei-Fei Li, PhD, a professor of computer science and former director of the Stanford AI Lab, will lead the institute. It has 200 participating faculty from across the university and is recruiting at least 20 new faculty members.


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