California Governor Gavin Newsom wows a crowd of distinguished computer scientists, educators, and other Silicon Valley luminaries at Stanford Human-Centered AI symposium
Stanford University launched its Institute for Human-Centered AI on Monday. Known as Stanford HAI, the institute’s charter is to develop new technologies while guiding AI’s impact on the world, wrestle with ethical questions, and come up with helpful public policies. The Institute intends to raise US $1 billion to put towards this effort.
The university kicked off Stanford HAI (pronounced High) with an all-day symposium that laid out some of the issues the institute aims to address while showcasing Stanford’s current crop of AI researchers.
The most anticipated speaker on the agenda was Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Lines of AI researchers, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors, and educators formed early to get through the security screening required to watch his talk in person. And indeed, Gates’ remarks, structured as an interview by two teens who participated in Stanford’s AI4All summer camp program, went over well. Gates was generally optimistic, as you would expect from a keynote speaker at this kind of kickoff event, but warned the audience not to be overoptimistic about the promise of AI or the speed at which that promise can be fulfilled.
“When I started Microsoft,” he said, “I wrote a note to my parents saying that I may miss a bunch of breakthroughs in AI, and that’s what I give up to start this company, but oh well…”
It turned out, Gates said, that “for 20 years I didn’t miss much.”
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