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AI for Good Seminar Series - Is AI a Force for Good?

January 6, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
William R. Hewlett Teaching Center (Room 200) - 370 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305


AI for Good Opening Session: Is AI a Force for Good?

Our first session will lay the framework for our entire series by considering the central question of how AI can be a force for good. As we explore how artificial intelligence can address some of the world’s most vexing issues, we will pair the positive outcomes with crucial awareness of potential unintended consequences. Our panel will discuss considerations to be made to ensure this new era will help humanity and not harm it.


Rob Reich - Professor of Political Science with courtesy appointments in Philosophy and at the Graduate School of Education, Faculty Director of the Center for Ethics in Society, Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Faculty Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI.

Margot Gerritsen - Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, by courtesy, of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Sharad Goel - Founder & Executive Director, Stanford Computational Policy Lab and Assistant Professor, Stanford Management Science & Engineering with courtesy appointments in Computer Science, Sociology, and Stanford School of Law.

Panel Moderator:

Scott Penberthy, Head of Applied AI, Google

Scott is a member of Google Cloud’s CTO office, a team of industry ex-CTOs who co-innovate with top customers and product teams. Scott utilizes machine learning (ML) as a tool for science and discovery.  He enjoys predicting customer behavior and creating jaw-dropping experiences with voice, video and imagery. Lately Scott’s been an advisor and confidant to CEOs, sharing insights from a career delivering large scale systems. Previously, Scott landed public cloud at PwC for 200k employees in 2014, moved a video site for 5m users to AWS in 2008, sold a social photo site with 50M users in 2007, built mobile phone “widgets” in 2005, and launched a $13B web middleware and $4B web hosting business in the 90s. He’s an avid programmer, triathlete, space fan, guitarist, chef and father of two amazing daughters.  Scott holds a PhD in AI with multiple degrees from MIT and the University of Washington. Follow @scottpenberthy on Twitter.

Event Sponsor: 
Graduate School of Business, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME), Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, School of Engineering, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
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