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Directors’ Conversations

Directors’ Conversations are curated discussions between HAI Denning Co-directors Fei-Fei Li and John Etchemendy and AI thought leaders working in academia, industry and civil society.
Learn more about our directors and their goals for HAI.

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Ensuring American’s Innovation in Artificial Intelligence

  • Stanford Professor and Hoover Institution Fellow Condoleezza Rice
  • HAI Denning Co-Director Fei-Fei Li

Artificial intelligence has the potential to radically transform every industry and every society. Such profound changes offer great opportunities to improve the human condition for the better, but also pose unprecedented challenges. During this virtual conversation on June 30, 2020, Condoleezza Rice and HAI Denning Co-Director Fei-Fei Li discussed how to guide the future of AI in a responsible way.

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The Future of Everything: AI Edition

  • HAI Denning Co-director John Etchemendy
  • HAI Associate Director Russ Altman

While it’s easy to say that technology should be human-centered, what does that actually mean? HAI co-director and philosopher John Etchemendy discusses the future of AI, what to expect beyond today’s plans for driver-less cars and worker-less factories, and who will be impacted most. 

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The Promises and Perils of AI

  • HAI Denning Co-Director Fei-Fei Li
  • Author Yuval Noah Harari
  • HAI Associate Director Russ Altman

The rapid development and deployment of artificial intelligence may determine the fate of human agency and the prospects of democracy in the 21st century. Can AI be harnessed to support rather than subvert human interests, and to promote rather than undermine democracy? Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari joined AI scientist Fei-Fei Li, co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, for a conversation.

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CRISPR, AI, and the Ethics of Scientific Discovery

  • HAI Denning Co-director Fei-Fei Li
  • Jennifer Doudna, Li Ka Shing Chancellor Chair Professor at the University of California, Berkeley

Twin revolutions at the start of the 21st century are shaking up the very idea of what it means to be human. Computer vision and image recognition are at the heart of the AI revolution. And CRISPR is a powerful new technique for genetic editing that allows humans to intervene in evolution. Jennifer Doudna and Fei-Fei Li, pioneering scientists in the fields of gene editing and artificial intelligence, respectively,  discuss the ethics of scientific discovery.