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Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

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Many U.S. institutions of higher learning are expanding their educational offerings related to artificial intelligence.

Credit: Kristian Thacker/The New York Times

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence (AI) education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline and tackling ethical dilemmas.

Said the University of Washington's Emily Fox, "We have to start teaching those who will be practitioners and users in the broad discipline of AI, not just computer scientists."

Another key challenge for educators is striking a balance between teaching deep AI fundamentals and some industry players' desire to concentrate on more affordable and less complex training of workers.

Stanford University's Fei-Fei Li co-founded the nonprofit AI4ALL to provide exposure to AI to high school students, especially women, people of color, and rural residents via campus workshops; Li said the goal is to foster "a human-centered frame of mind" in next-generation AI scientists and users.

Many educators and students agree AI classes must emphasize ethics more to ensure students become professionals who are mindful about the technology's capabilities.

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