AI Trends | Practice Ethical AI, Dr. Shirley Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Challenges Business Leaders
April 12, 2019
At an event on the Ethics of AI presented by the New England Executive Council of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, president of the university, challenged today’s executive leadership to do the right thing.
“AI is on a knife’s edge. It’s up to us to decide how it will be used,” Dr. Jackson said.
AI is advancing rapidly and is expected to have a mighty economic benefit. Dr. Jackson quoted from a McKinsey Global Institute study that estimated AI will add an estimated $13 trillion by 2030 to global economic output. That study compared the impact of AI with the introduction of steam engines in the 1800s and robots in the 1990s.
The special panel discussion was sponsored by the Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence in Troy, NY. Bob Bedard, founder of the center, the CEO of deFacto Global and a graduate of Rensselaer, said, “This is an important examination of the effect of AI and Machine Learning from an ethical perspective on technology, business, even everyday life. The establishment of the AI Center of Excellence is a major initiative focused on creating an AI ecosystem designed to develop literacy, competency, job creation and economic growth throughout the Capital District and the State of New York.”
The center will promote the commercialization of AI R&D, generate opportunities for startups and provide skill development programs for students. “The AI Center of Excellence will also support policy makers with their research on ethics concerned with creation and adoption of new AI technologies are driving forces of the endeavor,” Bedard said.
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