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MAKE IT IN LA Rodney Brooks: Rethink Robotics

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If you own a Roomba, you can thank Rodney Brooks, because he's the co-founder of iRobot. He launched the company almost three decades ago when he was a professor at MIT. He's trying to disrupt the world of industrial robotics with his new startup, Rethink Robotics. While I was in Boston a few weeks ago, I visited Rod at his home in Cambridge and captured some great stories. His extensive experiences over his career inspired the new company.


Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity

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The Squirrel AI Award for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity recognizes positive impacts of artificial intelligence to protect, enhance, and improve human life in meaningful ways with long-lived effects. The award will be given annually at the conference for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in February, and is accompanied by a prize of $1,000,000 plus travel expenses to the conference. Financial support for the award is provided by Squirrel AI. The award will be given for the first time in 2021. Candidates may be individuals, groups, or organizations that are directly connected with the main contribution stated in the nomination.


Radical AI podcast: featuring Deb Raji

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Hosted by Dylan Doyle-Burke and Jessie J Smith, Radical AI is a podcast featuring the voices of the future in the field of artificial intelligence ethics. In this episode Jess and Dylan chat to Deb Raji about "IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon Disavow Facial Recognition Technology: What Do You Need to Know?". What does it mean that IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, and others have distanced themselves from developing facial recognition technology and providing facial recognition data to vendors? To answer these questions and more we welcome Deb Raji to the show. Deb is a tech fellow at the AI Now Institute Working on critical perspectives to evaluation practice in AI, conducting audits on deployed AI systems and facial recognition, and AI auditing policy.


Artificial Intelligence: Law and Policy

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The University of Washington School of Law is delighted to announce a public workshop on the law and policy of artificial intelligence, co-hosted by the White House and UW's Tech Policy Lab. The event places leading artificial intelligence experts from academia and industry in conversation with government officials interested in developing a wise and effective policy framework for this increasingly important technology. The event is free and open to the public but requires registration. Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. He is the founder and director of Yale's Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and new information technologies.


Three from MIT elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2020

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On April 27, the National Academy of Sciences elected 120 new members and 26 international associates, including three professors from MIT -- Abhijit Banerjee, Bonnie Berger, and Roger Summons -- recognizing their "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution for scientific advancement established in 1863 by congressional charter and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. Together, with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine, the 157-year-old society provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. Abhijit Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, and in 2003 cofounded, with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Banerjee's groundbreaking research focuses on development economics and the alleviation of global poverty, work for which he shared the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.