MIT Faculty Chair Susan S. Silbey, the Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology, and Anthropology and a professor of behavioral and policy sciences at the MIT Sloan School of Management, offers an introduction at the celebration of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. MIT President L. Rafael Reif welcomes attendees at the celebration and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gives opening remarks. This historic three-day event provided a thoughtful, wide-ranging exploration of the ideas behind the founding of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing and the frontiers it intends to reach.
The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, made possible by a $350 million foundational gift from the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone, marks the single largest investment in computing and AI by an American academic institution, and it will help position the United States to lead the world in preparing for the rapid evolution of computing and AI.
In fields far beyond engineering and science — from political science and urban studies to anthropology and linguistics — some of today’s most exciting new research is fueled by advanced computational capabilities. The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will create the next generation of highly trained computational thinkers and doers who can offer the world the cultural, ethical, and historical consciousness to use technology for the common good. (Learn more: https://helloworld.mit.edu/about/).
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