Emory University announced the hiring of 19 new artificial intelligence (AI) experts as part of the university’s AI.Humanity project – a project that university officials said will harness the power of AI to “improve the human condition and advance our world.”
President of Academic Affairs Ravi Bellamkonda added that the goal of the project is to “advance human progress in areas such as health, social justice, business and law, and the arts and sciences,” using AI.
Karl Kuhnert, professor in the practice of organization and management, added that AI needs to be studied because it “is being used everywhere. It’s essential.”
“Anything that can be digitized or automated will be,” added Kuhnert. “The end of routine is near, and the cost of not using AI is becoming obsolete. You won’t be in business for long because all of your competitors are using AI to their advantage.”
The university’s website states that the completed AI.Humanity department will include 60 to 75 faculty members through all nine of Emory’s colleges to promote diverse backgrounds. The news release states that the project will hire and nourish a community of scholars, create new educational opportunities, and pursue the ethical use of AI.”
“This is one of the most exciting things happening on campus. It is made doubly exciting by all the new faculty joining us,” said Bellamkonda.
Emory officials said due to AI’s widespread potential the project’s Community Subgroup also hosts scholars from different fields meet to discuss current research and share information regarding the practice of AI and data science.
Britannica.com states that AI is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings.
Emory officials said AI can be important in medicine and in other sectors of life and that Emory University officials want to “shape the AI revolution to better human health, generate economic value, and promote social justice.”
The news release states that potential uses for AI include contributions to personal care and cancer care, detecting customers’ emotions and social media comments to improve supply-chain management, computerized decision making in determining jail sentences, and improving political accountability among other areas.
“For example, some physicians make better diagnoses than others,” said Kuhnert. “The idea with [the Tacit Object Modeler AI design] is to digitize the very best physician making that particular diagnosis and share that with the world.”
A university spokesperson stated that Emory has “the expectation of being a leader in the national conversation,” regarding AI and that faculty will also “focus on the intersection of law and technology with an emphasis on the ethical governance of workplace technologies.”
Emory officials expect to soon announce the James W. Wagner Chair in Ethics, a faculty position with a special focus on the ethics of AI, according to the news release.
For more information on the project and upcoming event and lecture postings, visit: aihumanity.emory.edu/news-events/index.html.
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