Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a field with tremendous possibility for improving the human condition, but it also carries with it a concerning set of risks. It can accelerate the pace of discovery, reflecting a seismic technological shift, but it also requires thoughtful attention to ethics and security. UW–Madison has foundational expertise across research disciplines to address these realities. Making it the first focus of Chancellor Mnookin’s Wisconsin RISE Initiative will propel the university to a new level of capacity, with a focus on both the core scientific dimensions as well as the human-centered implications of AI.
“Recognizing both the consequences of adopting this technology and its power to overcome problems to move us in new directions can be the distinction between those who succeed and those who don’t. We have the opportunity to help society find success with AI by taking a holistic approach to computing and scientific challenges, understanding the human aspects, and by working to ensure our students appreciate its relevance to their lives and careers,” says Provost Charles Isbell, whose own research has focused on AI.