MIT unveils new $1 bn college for artificial intelligence

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2018

This initiative is presently the only largest investment by an American academic institution, in computing and artificial intelligence.

Rafael Reif, the president of MIT, said that the new approach to college education was necessary due to the way computing and AI were "reshaping the world".

"There is no more important opportunity or challenge facing our nation than to responsibly harness the power of artificial intelligence so that we remain competitive globally and achieve breakthroughs that will improve our entire society", Mr. Schwarzman says. The new Schwarzman College of Computing will also "reorient" all of MIT to bring computing and AI across all the disciplines and colleges of the Cambridge, Mass. school.

Today, most dual-major programmes involve taking courses in a computer science department in machine learning or data science in addition to a student's major.

The encroach of self-driving cars, acrobatic terminators, and decades of media hysterics over the destructive potential of artificial intelligence (AI) have brought questions of robot ethics into the public consciousness. He defined bilinguals as people in fields like biology, chemistry, and political science who were also skilled in modern computing techniques applied to those subjects of study. "It is everywhere, and it needs to be understood and mastered by nearly everyone", added MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

The college creates 50 new faculty positions: 25 in the College of Computing and 25 more joint positions with other departments. Technological advancements must go hand in hand with the development of ethical guidelines that anticipate the risks of such enormously powerful innovations. "With uncommon insight and generosity, Mr. Schwarzman is enabling a bold agenda that will lead to a better world".

The founding of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is the most significant structural change since 1950, when MIT established the Sloan School of Management and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. On top of the the $350 million, MIT has raised $300 million in support of the college, totaling $650 million of the $1 billion required for the college.

AI has assumed a key role in Beijing's "Made in China 2025" master plan, which promises to lift the country's industries - from robotics and aerospace to new materials and new energy vehicles - up the value chain, replacing imports with local products and building global champions able to take on Western giants in cutting-edge technologies. It's scheduled to open next September, and construction is to be completed by 2022.

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