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AI for Social Good

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) for social good is a field of work which, broadly speaking, uses AI to make the world a better place. I had a chance to interview two leaders in the field, Dr. Bryan Wilder, who recently received his Ph.D. from Harvard (and will be joining the faculty at Carnegie Mellon next fall) and current Harvard Ph.D. student, Lily Xu. Both Bryan and Lily have been advised by Dr. Tambe, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Research in Computation and Society (CRCS) at Harvard University and Director of AI for Social Good at Google Research India. While Bryan and Lily are both working at the intersection of AI and social good, they arrived at this junction via different paths. Bryan was studying computer science and looking for a field to apply his knowledge; his search led him to public health.