AI News, At Stanford, experts explore artificial intelligence’s social benefits

At Stanford, experts explore artificial intelligence’s social benefits

As artificial intelligence emerges from science fiction to everyday life, the power to shape and direct this world-changing technology remains within society’s reach.

But given the potential effects of these technologies on culture and the economy, she said government’s larger challenge is to bring “humanity’s greatest talent” to bear on the development and direction of AI by throwing open the discussion.

“How are we going to make sure we are bringing everyone into this conversation?” Smith asked, previewing an initiative that the White House is expected to formally announce Monday that will offer literally anyone a way to register an opinion or view on this emerging technology.

Several members of this new scholarly study group took part in a panel discussion at Thursday’s event, where they discussed their long-term goal of producing a series of detailed reports on subtopics within the broader field of artificial intelligence.

“We wanted to ground this study in real life,” Grosz said, and offer not just technological but legal and sociological context to help “shape the outcomes of these technologies.” The event was livecast on the Stanford Engineering Facebook page, where talks from all 15 speakers will remain available at https://www.facebook.com/stanford.engineering.

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