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A university in the United States has received $20 million in federal funding to create a new institute for artificial intelligence (AI).
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has received funding for its new AI Institute for Social Decision Making, according to a local news outlet.
The Institute will promote the improvement of artificial intelligence tools to aid decision-making procedures in social circumstances such as natural disasters and public health events. Aarti Singh, a professor in the university’s machine learning department, will be director of the institute.
She said that one of the main goals would be to create AI that would be “human-centric”.
“We need to develop AI technology that works for humans… It is actually based on validated data, validated algorithms, feedback from all stakeholders, and collaborative design.”
Singh explained that she believes AI can play a vital role in helping decision makers and officials make better decisions in a variety of scenarios.
Researchers at the institute will advise public health officials, emergency managers and community workers, as well as behavioral and cognitive scientists, in developing and teaching new technology.
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In addition, Singh noted that the ethical use of AI is a “central goal” of the institute, and developers and researchers need to be “careful” in the process.
“I think one of the key things is to make sure we’re engaging with AI in an ethical way so that it’s deployed when needed.”
This is happening as governments around the world begin to explore the use of AI for the policies and regulations needed to keep it going. In Romania, the government recently introduced an artificial intelligence chatbot that will engage the public and should help in political decision making.
Other world leaders in countries such as the US and China are mulling new regulations for the technology. In the European Union, lawmakers are finalizing a new AI law that focuses on guidelines for generative AI tools.