As more organizations deploy various forms of artificial intelligence (AI), ethical and policy issues surrounding AI and other computing technologies gain more attention. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is aiming to take a leadership role in this emerging field, and a $10 million gift from global law firm K&L Gates LLP will help it achieve that goal.

The gift will establish the K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics and Computational Technologies, and the funds will support new faculty chairs as well as three new Presidential Fellowships for doctoral students; a biennial conference; the K&L Gates Presidential Scholarship Endowed Fund to recognize undergraduate students’ outstanding achievements and potential for further excellence; and an annual K&L Gates Prize to be awarded to a graduating CMU senior.

“It is not just technology that will determine how this century unfolds,” said Subra Suresh, president of Carnegie Mellon. “Our future will also be influenced strongly by how humans interact with technology, how we foresee and respond to the unintended consequences of our work, and how we ensure that technology is used to benefit humanity, individually and as a society.”

The university has been at the epicenter of AI since the discipline was created in the 1950s. Today, CMU faculty, students, and researchers are conducting some of the most advanced research in AI in both autonomous technologies and technologies that augment human abilities.

At the same time, scholars at the university are looking at how humans actually use these technologies, to help ensure that new discoveries can benefit humanity.

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