Recently a crowd of 300+ people attended an event titled, “The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Topics and Social Benefit.” The four hour discussion featured 15 different speakers from government and academia. Artificial intelligence is moving from science fiction to everyday life. No longer is it only Hollywood’s conceptual idea; it now belongs to the designers, engineers and programmers who have the power to shape and direct this technology. DATAVERSITY brought this news to us in their article, “Future of AI Panel Explores Social Benefits of Artificial Intelligence.”

That overarching theme animated the crowd and was one of many tech-oriented events being held at Stanford as part of a Global Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by the United States government. The summit included a scheduled appearance by President Barack Obama.

The panel was co-chaired by Stanford faculty members Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and medicine, and Fei-Fei Li, an associate professor of computer science. Keynote speaker Megan Smith touched on how government is using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and similar techniques in tasks ranging from planning space missions to forecasting job growth. The potential effects of these technologies on culture and the economy begs for further development and direction.

Melody K. Smith

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