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As The Economist's Norman Macrae journalised from 1960 to his death in 2010 tech started expoentially impacting every decade from the 1960s on-

our family foundation's laureate of 2010s humanised the most global village good during dad's lifetime- 

knowing dad's and james wilson's end poverty and lives matter goals the world over, i am certain thhey'd be first to raise three cheers to fei-fei li laureate of 2020s and the sdg generation-

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 fei fei li contribution to stanford china economist forum 2018

 201.811 with fei-fei li – humansAI library 1 of 10


Transcript of Stanford China Economic Forum: The Technology and AI Session Oct 10, 2018

minute 04:55 over to you Fei-Fei Li-
what can you share with us about AI?


Sure: first of all it's an honor to be here (2018’s SCER) , and to be with my Stanford

Colleagues, and to have a conversation with my good friend Lei Zhang (CEO Hillhouse capital)

-  offline the two of us (Lei & Li) often talk about AI and technology and US and China


… the question of what is intelligence is as old as human civilization but

the very audacious quest to make machines think is only about 60 years old

and Stanford has been right there at the very beginning; we can say the birth of

artificial intelligence started up in 1963 with professor John McCarthy


Stanford's Artificial Intelligence lab is one of America’s or the world's

two oldest AI labs – McCarthy had also formed MIT’s AI lab with minsky


 Indeed, McCarthy the first person who gave the name Artificial

Intelligence to the field and since then AI lab or what we call SAIL

has been making history


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since the beginning we've got Turing Award winners  

ranging from Mccarthy himself to Ed Feigenbaum

who pioneered expert systems…


more recently. we've got the winner, as google’s Eric Schmidt just presented,  of

2005’s DARPA self-driving car challenge

Our car was called Stanley -go figure why…our team leader prof Sebastian Thrun

which in turn gave birth to Google self-driving car project


we've got numerous world leading professors working in the blossoming field of AI including machine

learning,  computer vision  (ICCV  CVPR and ECCV,), NLP natural language processing, computational

genomics AI in education , AI in sustainability, robotics –


6.57 today SAIL  is home to 100+ phd students working on a variety of topics

in AI and our alums/researchers were actually at the forefront of the latest deep

learning revolution -many of you probably know: today the deep learning revolution

is really the convergence of three major factors

big data


and faster and cheaper chips


and in all three areas Stanford researchers, students and alums contribute to major growth


so we see that while AI started as a humble niche field of science, today AI is becoming the major driving force of what leaders at world economic forum call Industrial Revolution 4,

 if you look at any measure:

-whether it’s the number of deep learning codes that google generates

-or the amount of vc money that goes into startups doing ai

-or the revenues that industries are generating in ai business

-every curve is in exponential growth


8.30 so we're really at a turning point in history -why is it a very historical time?

Because  we are about to create a technology that will fundamentally change the way

that humans live and work in the future…

..and where should this technology be going? and how should we be guiding it?


this is a topic that has been very much on the mind of myself as well as my

colleagues, and recently we've put together three simple, but important

ideas, that we collectively call the human centered AI philosophy

Scholarly articles for human centred ai

The EU and artificial intelligence: A human-centred  - ‎Carriço - Cited by 19

Human-centred learning analytics - ‎Buckingham Shum - Cited by 24

Human-centred intelligent systems and soft computing - ‎Azvine - Cited by 18


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09:08 and what human Centered AI means are three things

***first, next generation AI technology- it ought to be inspired by more human-like cognition and understanding of our work of our world it's true that AI is recognizing dogs and cats on the internet it's recognizing lanes in self-driving cars but today's AI still very narrow it lacks the understanding of the context, it lacks the understanding of the nuance and the emotions and the complex relationships that that creates our world

-and for AI to become a powerful technology that can continue make human lives better and be assistive of our work it needs to go into the next level of understanding

and that is the humanly inspired intelligence


***second, work enhancement and  augmentation -a lot of people hearing about AI - think

of work replacement, AI replacing jobs but


in fact, there is more opportunity for AI and tech to enhance jobs, whether it's in

healthcare to help our clinicians to do better diagnosis

or in manufacturing that improves the environment

or to help our workers involved on front line in rescuing people and repairing

damages where it's humanly dangerous.. AI can come into a critical role


*** third, and probably most important dynamic of human-centred ai:

understanding ai’s fundamental impact to the world whether its laws, ethics, economics, labor market


AI is no longer a computer science discipline alone; in order to harness and

develop and guide AI for the future, we need more interdisciplinary thinking and

research and development in this field.

SO with these three elements that make up the human centered AI

approach, we need leadership, we need government to take on leadership to

facilitate deeper and wider societal level dialogue about AI, and policy

thinking; we also need industries to not only build the best AI products but to

build it responsibly with fairness, with transparency, with interpretability with

the concern for privacy to balance the economic ambition with the social and


moral responsibility--- but most of all: we need leadership from academia; academia

is home to humanity's independent Scholarship, groundbreaking discoveries,

innovations and indispensable social and moral discourse


--12.20 and I'm so happy to share this with you all at Stanford*China*Eonomics- our family and

friends back at Stanford under the leadership of Marc, John,  Jennifer and all at Stanford, we are in the

preparation stage for a human centered AI initiative at the Stanford University level ,

and we really hope to invite our faculty students alums, friends and many

of the Stanford community to come together and really assume the mantle

that Stanford has always done in leading AI ;not only we have done a great job in

the history of AI in the past 50 years, but now  it behoves us to really guide it in the in the future

 Decades to come -13.06 thank you

 summary of part 1 of 3 stanford china economist forumm oct 2020OCTOBER 19, 2020

Business schools must also teach students to be role models in society, education leaders say

As the world contends with extraordinary disruption – from a worldwide pandemic to ongoing social unrest across the globe to the devastating effects of climate change – education leaders from the U.S. and China shared how their schools are responding to these crises.


Post-pandemic, don’t expect it to be entirely back to business as usual at some of the world’s leading business schools.


Jonathan Levin, dean of the GSB, along with Ann Harrison, dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and Hongbin Cai, dean of the Business School at Hong Kong University, discussed how the pandemic has forced profound changes to how their institutions operate.

Instead, education leaders at Stanford, UC Berkeley and Hong Kong University see their curriculums leveraging the flexibility virtual learning can provide while also incorporating a renewed sense of purposefulness in addressing some of the problems that the pandemic and recent social movements have amplified.

At a virtual panel discussion on Oct. 15 entitled “The Future of Business Education in the U.S. and China,” hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford King Center on Global Development, the leaders addressed how the pandemic has forced profound changes in how their institutions operate.

For Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who delivered the opening remarks, there have been two key lessons to emerge from this past year that he believes will transform Stanford, and the school’s contributions to the world, in the long-term.

“The first is an increased focus on accelerating the application of knowledge,” Tessier-Lavigne said, pointing out that when COVID-19 came to California in the early spring, Stanford researchers rapidly pivoted to respond to the medical, epidemiological and societal dimensions of the pandemic. “This model of accelerating the application of knowledge has promise across countless fields of research.”

The second lesson was how the pandemic has forced a bold experiment with moving operations online.

“From remote education to telehealth to work from home – faculty, students and staff have found new ways to study and work this year. The opportunities that this provides to make education and health care more accessible long after COVID has subsided have tremendous potential, at Stanford and beyond,” Tessier-Lavigne said.

Discoveries in remote learning

Following Tessier-Lavigne’s remarks, Jonathan Levin, the Philip H. Knight Professor and dean of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, moderated a panel discussion with Hongbin Cai, the dean of Hong Kong University (HKU)’s Business School and Ann Harrison, the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

They explored in greater detail how the switch to online are transforming some of their programming, including how it has increased greater flexibility and accessibility.

Over the past year, Cai has found that integrating online learning into the school’s curriculum has been an effective way to bring together people from different parts of the world.

“Some of the technology and the remote teaching method will be used in the future to provide different types of interaction and access,” Cai said, adding that remote learning has been practical for some students, particularly those enrolled in the school’s part-time executive MBA program. These students, who are typically senior executives, appreciate the flexibility the online format provides.

Levin, Cai and Harrison do not see online learning replacing traditional, in-person classroom settings entirely. Cai emphasized that face-to-face learning will still be core to HKU’s business curriculum.

For Levin, the pandemic has served as a reminder of how valuable the classroom experience is and the “visceral desire” people have to interact with one another.

“The research discussions that happen in a hallway, the serendipitous collisions where relationships get formed and ideas get generated – it’s sort of an affirmation of the business model of residential education, even as we see the positives of all the virtual interactions,” Levin said.

Harrison also shared another lesson she and her colleagues discovered in making the switch to virtual learning: they found that students prefer smaller class sizes. While there are some classes that can be taught at a larger scale, a more intimate setting is also needed to create a successful learning environment, she said.

“The smaller the classroom, the more the student engagement and the more effective the class is,” Harrison said, emphasizing that “less is more” when it comes to adopting remote teaching in the future. “This idea that we are going to move to these large classrooms with the star professor and thousands of students – it’s not happening,” she added.

Embracing social change

The pandemic, accompanied also by a rise in economic inequity, the Black Lives Matter movement and California’s recent devastating wildfires, have also heightened awareness of social, environmental, racial and economic issues in the world.

“It’s been such an unusual, and in many ways, a difficult year,” said Levin. “Both the pandemic and the fact that we’ve had to shift online and adopt technology and organizational change in ways like never before and to go through all these social upheavals, different in our respective cases, but profound in our case in issues of race and inequity … it’s such a complicated time to navigate.”

Levin said he has seen more Stanford students concerned about how their careers and professional lives can serve a greater purpose. They are increasingly asking what impact they can have on the world.

“Going through a global crisis like this really causes you to focus hard on questions like that,” said Levin, adding that the GSB is providing students with more opportunities to learn how to be effective leaders not just on an organizational level, but in society-at-large.

Similarly, HKU has had to deal with ongoing political protests. Cai said that the university is the ideal place to provide an environment to discuss pressing issues. He said he hopes that in the future, schools can also be proactive in how they cultivate a culture of diverse perspectives.

“I think universities have a bigger responsibility in creating an environment and community where people can mutually respect each other. Here in Hong Kong, people talk about academic freedom, especially in light of the national security law, but I believe the university can do a lot in terms of building a solid foundation around certain principles and bringing people together from different backgrounds.”

Cai, Harrison and Levin all emphasized the importance of international collaboration between the U.S. and China and the value that adds not just to the economy, but to their college campuses as well.

While Chinese researchers have come under scrutiny in the U.S. recently, Levin said he is worried that “what should be a narrow consideration about individual behavior has expanded to cast a broader shadow on Chinese students.”

Levin emphasized the importance of having Chinese and international students and how those diverse perspectives contribute to a thriving intellectual community.

“It’s a great thing for our institutions because it creates a much better learning environment for everyone and there are just so many opportunities to be exposed to people from different cultures to get different ideas. It’s exactly what education is about,” Levin said. 

 this summary is based on SCEF - stanford china economic forum 2020 which has been moved from a real event in shanghai to a monthly zoom  2020 Sessions – Stanford China Economic Forum ; first session in october featured stanford's president marc tessier-lavigne, stanford's  dean of graduate school of business jonathan levine, hong kong uni dean of business school hongbin cai and dean of berkeley's school of business anne harrison


The Stanford China Economic Forum brings together scholars, business leaders from a range of industries, and other change ...


00.14 john levin i'm the dean of stanford's graduate school of business

and i'm delighted to welcome you to the first event in this year's

stanford china economic forum;  the forum is usually an annual event that's

jointly hosted at by stanford through the graduate school of business,

the stanford institute for economic policy research and the king center for global

development and this year we've gone virtual for a series of events this fall


the forum was created to bring together scholars business and organizational

leaders and policy makers to promote dialogue an open exchange of

ideas and to foster collaboration on questions concerning the roles that the

united states and china play in the global economy as well as in

areas such as  innovation education health and geopolitics


this year with both of our countries are beset by the covid pandemic and with

heightened attention around issues of immigration, 01:27

national security and economic coupling or decoupling the need for open

dialogue is even greater and today's event around business and business education

will touch on a number of those themes; to begin the program i'm delighted 

to introduce stanford's president marc  tessier-lavigne  ...


 great well thank you so much dean levin- it's my pleasure to welcome all of

you to this year's stanford china economic forum - this is our third annual forum

and it couldn't have come at a more important time this has been a

remarkable and unpredictable year with huge implications for u.s china relations and

for the societies and economies of both countries although

i wish we were all together in shanghai as we'd originally planned i'm glad that we're able to meet



the stanford china economic forum is critical to advancing dialogue and

collaboration between stanford and our partners in china


 at the challenging moment we currently face, this project is more urgent than ever; i'm grateful to

all of you for joining us to share your expertise and your insight into the critical

issues facing our two countries today; i want to spend just a few minutes discussing the state of u.s china

relations and why ongoing engagement with china is so important to stanford


now when we last convened this forum 12 months ago none of us could have

imagined the difficult year that lay ahead; in china the u.s and around the world

covet 19 has affected nearly every sector of society from healthcare and education to the

economy and industry communities have gone into lockdown, businesses have closed,

education has gone online and global travel has slowed as we've contended

with the virus


managing the pandemic has required international collaboration in public health

and scientific research as Stanford researchers turned their attention to

covid 19 this spring; knowledge from china proved crucial to understanding the most effective

strategies for containment and mitigation of the virus but despite the benefits of cooperation

we face rising tensions between our two countries over the pandemic, trade, immigration,

international security and more. in higher education tensions have largely revolved around

intellectual property concerns; this was true even before the pandemic


policy makers are particularly concerned about the potential misappropriation of

intellectual property; universities have a responsibility to attend to these issues and we do

but it's also essential that these concerns are handled in a way that

preserves our ability to collaborate on important research

more coming soon


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