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HAI 2019 Fall Conference: Conversation, with Reid Hoffman and DJ Patil

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and former U.S. chief data scientist DJ Patil gathered for the afternoon plenary session and discussed the importance of ethical decision-making in data management in the era of AI technology.  The two technologists, in conversation with Hoover Institution fellow Amy Zegart, shared visions for ethical education, concerns for data privacy and…

HAI 2019 Fall Conference: The Coded Gaze: Dangers of Supremely White Data and Ignoring Intersectionality, with Joy Buolamwini

“AI, Ain’t I a woman?” Tech ethics researcher Joy Buolamwini opened her talk with a 21st-century twist on a quote from Sojourner Truth, one of the most powerful advocates of abolitionist movement.  She then displayed a video showing facial recognition software failing to correctly identify the gender of notable African-American women, like Ida B. Wells,…

HAI 2019 Fall Conference: Regulating Big Tech, with Marietje Schaake and Eric Schmidt

In September, former Stanford math professor and ex-Google researcher Jack Poulson called on HAI to disinvite keynote speaker Eric Schmidt. In a letter co-signed by more than 40 former Google researchers, professors and tech activists, Poulson accused Schmidt of ethical misconduct during his time as CEO of Google.  HAI defended its decision to invite Schmidt,…

HAI 2019 Fall Conference: AI and the Economy, with Susan Athey and Erik Brynjolfsson

Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Susan Athey Ph.D. ’95 and MIT Sloan professor Erik Brynjolfsson spoke about the effect of artificial intelligence on the economy.  Brynjolfsson remarked that “there’s no economic law that is everyone is going to benefit from all of these [technical] challenges; it’s possible for many people to have been left…

HAI convenes tech luminaries to talk ‘ethics, policy and governance’

Speaking to a crowd of 900 people on Monday morning, computer science professor Fei-Fei Li and former Provost John Etchemendy kicked off this fall’s Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) conference focused on “Ethics, Policy and Governance.”  The “ultimate goal of AI should be to enhance and augment our humanity, not to diminish or replace it,” Li…

‘High pressure, high stress’: Chinese students reflect on international admissions following scandal

Songchen Yao ’23 was anxiously awaiting the result of his Stanford application in his hometown of Shenzhen, China early last spring when he heard the news about what would become the largest college admissions scandal to ever be prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Stanford was among many elite universities with individuals implicated in…