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In a First, Students Will Be Able to Major in AI at CMU


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Carnegie Mellon University is preparing to launch the first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence in the U.S.

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Carnegie Mellon University this fall will launch the first artificial intelligence (AI) bachelor's degree program in the U.S.

"Specialists in artificial intelligence have never been more important, in shorter supply, or in greater demand by employers," said CMU's Andrew Moore.

The program will emphasize ethical and social questions pertaining to AI, as well as the technology's potential in areas such as transportation, health care, and education.

Beyond computer science courses, the program will feature AI-related classes on statistics and probability, computational modeling, machine learning, and symbolic computation.

CMU, where computer scientists wrote the first AI computer program in 1956, offers the top graduate program for AI in the U.S., according to a U.S. News and World Report ranking.

"We want to be the first to offer an AI undergraduate degree. I'm sure we won't be the last. AI is here to stay," says CMU's Reid Simmons.

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