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Prepare Students for a Future of AI

MIT President L. Rafael Reif

"Those nations and institutions which act now to help shape the future of AI will help shape the future for us all," says MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

Credit: Bryce Vickmark / MIT

The United States cannot sustain its leading role in artificial intelligence research and development without ensuring that students have the skills to pursue this commitment, says Massachusetts Institute of Technology President L. Rafael Reif.

Reif points to "explosive" growth in students' interest in computer science and urges academic institutions to "equip tomorrow's leaders to be 'AI bilingual.'"

"Students in every field will need to be fluent in AI strategies to advance their own work," while "technologists will need equal fluency in the cultural value and ethical principles that should ground and govern the use of these tools," Reif says. As an example, Reif cites MIT's Schwarzman College of Computing, whose goal is to educate future AI leaders by concentrating on the technology's ethical and societal ramifications.

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