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Our Human Future in an Age of AI

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Dan Huttenlocher, inaugural dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing.

"I've long wanted to pair the deeper, bigger problems that we tend to try to make progress on in academia with a more direct and immediate impact on people." -Dan Huttenlocher

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Dan Huttenlocher is dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the Henry Ellis Warren Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and co-author of The Age of AI: And Our Human Future.

What does it mean to be human in an age where artificial intelligence (AI) agents make decisions that shape human actions? That's a deep question with no easy answers, and it's been on the mind of Dan Huttenlocher for the past few years.

"Advances in AI are going to happen, but the destination that we get to with those advances is up to us, and it is far from certain," says Huttenlocher in an interview. "To get there, we need much more informed dialogue and much more multilateral dialogue." To that end, he is leading the college as it incorporates computer science into all fields of study at MIT while teaching students to use formidable tools like AI ethically and responsibly.

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