Former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab Fei-Fei Li and Stanford humanities professor and former Provost John Etchemendy are on a mission to “bring the humanities and social thinking into tech.”
At the full-day collaborative workshop “AI, Humanities, & the Arts,” speakers stressed artificial intelligence’s potential to supplement human capabilities rather than replace them.
Researchers in the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab (SVL) are teaching a robot called JackRabbot 2 to understand social rules that humans use to interact with each other, with the ultimate goal of operating a robot that navigates safely and autonomously.
Twenty four girls arrived at Stanford on July 11 to attend a tuition-free camp aimed to give young girls and underrepresented minorities the opportunity to be exposed to STEM-related fields. Stanford Artificial Intelligence Outreach Summer (SAILORS) was created in the summer of 2015 by Fei-Fei Li, a professor of computer science and Postdoc Olga Russakovsky. Rising high school sophomore girls from 20 states and three countries listened to lectures and conducted research with faculty in the Artificial Intelligence Lab.
“SAILORS is built on the hypothesis that a humanistic mission statement would attract more diverse students,” Li said. “In turn, their values and perspectives are injected into the technology that will impact our society.”
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation chose six Stanford scientists and scholars for its Research Fellowships. Manuel Amador, Sean Hartnoll, Seema Jayachandran, Fei-Fei Li, Michael Ostrovsky and Nancy Ruonan Zhang are among the 118 Sloan awardees. They each obtained $50,000 in unrestricted research grants, which will be used over the next two years.