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MIT Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1B


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Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology plans to establish a new artificial intelligence college.

Credit: Christopher Harting

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a plan to establish the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, a new artificial intelligence (AI) college backed by a planned investment of $1 billion, 66% of which has already been raised.

The AI college will create 50 new faculty positions and many more fellowships for graduate students.

MIT president L. Rafael Reif says the college will "educate the bilinguals of the future," people in fields such as biology, chemistry, politics, history, and linguistics who also have computing skills.

The college is an attempt to embed computing into the curriculum, rather than tacking it on to existing courses. MIT’s Melissa Nobles said, “We’re excited by the possibilities. That’s how the humanities are going to survive, not by running from the future but by embracing it.”

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