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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MIT Plans an AI Driven College

This is further than MIT took it the last time around. Has it be successfully redefined?   But the MIT News article doesn't say the same thing.  " ... A central idea behind the College is that a new, shared structure can help deliver the power of computing, and especially AI, to all disciplines at MIT, lead to the development of new disciplines, and provide every discipline with an active channel to help shape the work of computing itself  .... " .   I like both ideas, but do lets get it straight.

MIT Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1B 
The New York Times    By Steve Lohr

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a plan to establish the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, a new artificial intelligence (AI) college backed by a planned investment of $1 billion, 66% of which has already been raised, including a gift of $350 million from Blackstone Group's Stephen A. Schwarzman. The AI college will create 50 new faculty positions and many more fellowships for graduate students. MIT president L. Rafael Reif says the college will "educate the bilinguals of the future," people in fields such as biology, chemistry, politics, history, and linguistics who also have computing skills. The college is an attempt to embed computing into the curriculum, rather than tacking it on to existing courses. MIT’s Melissa Nobles said, “We’re excited by the possibilities. That’s how the humanities are going to survive, not by running from the future but by embracing it.”   ... "

See also in MIT News.

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