US University Receives $20M to Launch AI Institute for Societal Decision Making
• Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has received $20 million in federal funding to create a new AI Institute for Societal Decision Making.
• The institute will focus on developing AI technology that works for people, taking into account data and feedback from stakeholders.
• Ethical use of AI is a key goal at the institute, with developers and researchers being “careful” in the process while consulting public health officials, emergency managers and community workers.
Carnegie Mellon University Gets $20 Million Federal Funding
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has recently received $20 million in federal funding to go towards the creation of a new artificial intelligence (AI) institute. This money will be used to foster the improvement of AI tools to assist in decision-making procedures related to social circumstances such as natural disasters and public health events.
Aarti Singh Appointed as Director of New Institute
Aarti Singh, a professor at the university’s machine learning department, will serve as the director for this new AI Institute for Societal Decision Making. She stated that one of their primary goals is to create an AI that is “human-centric” with data vetted algorithms and feedback from all stakeholders involved in participatory design.
AI Will Help Government Officials Make Informed Decisions
Singh pointed out that AI can play a vital role in helping decision-makers and government officials make more informed decisions when it comes to different scenarios involving public health or natural disasters. Researchers at the institute will be consulting public health officials, emergency managers and community workers along with behavioral and cognitive scientists while developing and training this new technology.