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Stanford to Host 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence


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Stanford University is "obliged and qualified" to host the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, says President John Hennessey.

Credit: Bloomberg Businessweek

Stanford University will spearhead a century-long initiative to study and predict the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in all aspects of people's lives. The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) has started with the formation of a committee tasked with choosing an expert panel to begin a series of periodic studies of AI's implications for automation, national security, psychology, ethics, law, privacy, democracy, and other issues. "Given Stanford's pioneering role in AI and our interdisciplinary mindset, we feel obliged and qualified to host a conversation about how artificial intelligence will affect our children and our children's children," says Stanford president John Hennessy.

Stanford professor Russ Altman and Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz founded the committee, and Horvitz expects subsequent committees to identify the most important AI issues of the day and convene panels to research and report on them every few years. AI100 committee member and University of British Columbia professor Alan Mackworth envisions the study offering "a forum for us to consider critical issues in the design and use of AI systems, including their economic and social impact."

Fellow committee member and University of California, Berkeley professor Deirdre K. Mulligan is focused on AI's social ramifications, noting the study "provides an intellectual and practical home for the long-term interdisciplinary research necessary to document, understand and shape AI to support human flourishing and democratic ideals."

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