Six Stanford seniors have received the 2019 Deans’ Award, an annual honor which recognizes a small number of undergraduates for their scholarly achievements.
For the first time, Stanford is offering a student-initiated course focused on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI). The product of a joint initiative by the student groups CS + Social Good and the Stanford AI Group, the class teaches students techniques in machine learning and includes guest lectures by Stanford researchers in computer science.
Researchers at Stanford have developed a machine learning algorithm, CheXNet, to perform pneumonia diagnosis. In clinical tests, the algorithm performed accurate diagnosis at slightly better rates than doctors.
Today, when our occupations and behaviors are confined increasingly behind the unassailable dictates of economics, the indisputable truths of big data, the contempt espoused by Dostoevsky’s anti-hero for certitude looks surprisingly heroic.