the first schwarzman college opened in tsinghua china and is discaussed in his book what it takes- ghyere are some deatuls of 2nd schwarzman colege at MIT whi9ch will specialise in AI; the 3rd in oxfo0rd specialises in ethoncs
what it takes part 2 of book discussion
The MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing aims to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the ubiquity of computing — across industries and academic disciplines — perhaps most notably illustrated by the rise of artificial intelligence.
Announced in October 2018, the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing represents a $1.1 billion commitment by MIT, enabled by a $350 million gift from Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of global asset manager Blackstone. Both in business and through his extensive philanthropy, Mr. Schwarzman focuses on providing transformative solutions to global-scale problems.
Scheduled to begin operations in September 2019 and to complete construction of a new building on the MIT campus in 2022, the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will:
- Reorient MIT to not only deliver the latest advances in computer science and AI but also discover the power of computing in every field of study on campus, while ensuring that the future of computing is shaped by insights from other disciplines.
- Create 50 new faculty positions located both within the College and jointly with other academic departments across MIT.
- Provide a structure for collaborative education, research, and innovation in computing across all of MIT’s schools.
- Educate students in every discipline to be “bilingual,” so they can responsibly use and develop computing technologies to help make a better world.
- Transform education and research in societal, public policy, and ethical considerations relevant to computing.
The founding of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is both a big leap into the future — and a natural next step for an institution that has been at the forefront of computing and AI from the start. The College will enable MIT to emerge as a global leader in the responsible and ethical evolution of technologies that are poised to transform society. In a geopolitical environment constantly being reframed by technology, the College will also play a significant role in ensuring national competitiveness and security.
The creation of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is motivated by major trends both inside and outside of MIT.
Within the Institute, the numbers of students declaring majors and choosing classes in computer science have reached historic highs. And newly created joint majors between computer science and other fields, including biology and economics, are also proving popular. The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will enable the creation of new and innovative educational programs, and produce creative computational thinkers and doers with the cultural, ethical, and historical consciousness to use technology for the common good — leaders who will offer the world new technological possibilities grounded in human values.
Similarly, in fields far beyond engineering and science — from political science and linguistics to anthropology and the arts — there are burgeoning opportunities for current and future research to benefit from advanced computational knowledge and capabilities. The College aims to empower researchers to lead in such research in computer science, AI, and across a broad range of disciplines. Their discoveries will leave an indelible imprint on education, the environment, ethics, design, finance, health, music, manufacturing, policy, security, transportation, and more.
At the same time, computing and AI are increasingly woven into every part of the global economy, and the digital portion of the economy has been growing much faster than the whole.
Building on these trends, the College will strengthen computing studies and research across MIT’s many areas of excellence, and in turn shape the direction of computing research and education through insights from these fields.
In February, MIT announced the appointment of Dan Huttenlocher SM ’84, PhD ’88, as the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing’s inaugural dean. A seasoned builder and leader of new academic entities, most recently Cornell Tech in New York City, Huttenlocher will assume his new post this summer.
The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is still in its startup phase, and much remains to be determined about its structure and organization. (See below, and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing Task Force website).
However, certain academic departments, educational programs, and research operations at MIT have already been identified as future components of the College. These include:
- Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
- Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS)
- MIT Quest for Intelligence
- MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab
- Center for Computational Engineering
As plans for the College evolve and the College itself matures, we expect this list will change. The College will also maintain active links with related initiatives across MIT such as the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines, which focuses on the science and engineering of intelligence, and the Operations Research Center, which applies analytical methods such as optimization, statistics, machine learning, and probability to improve decision making in areas from health care to transportation and manufacturing.
what it takes part 2 of book discussion
the full title of the schwarzman book -what it takes - lessons in pursuit of excellence worried me- excellence in usa has often meant one standardised best way -top down
- fortunately schwarzman clarifies:
"when i see an unique opportunity i go for it with everything i have"
the full para on page 8
"for me the greatest rewards in life have come from creating something new, unexpected and impactful. I am constantly in pursuit of excellence. When people ask me how i succeed my basic answer is always the same. I see an opportunity, i go for it with everything i have"
i hope you feel its worth adding a student-voice context- earlier this week i was asking amitav at american university what was the difference between american U in Dc and schwarzman scholars.
today in america uni lawyers/bureaucrats stop any international exchange - they are afraid of suits if there are any accidents to student abroad- with schwarzman scholars if they have an idea the student just goes round the world to develop it
amitav also explained; at american university students are exhausted, in debt, never have time to create, prep for next exam
please note this university year amitav is in residence in beijing: tsinghua schwarzman for the month of february - thats the best time to see how this year long alumni co-creation network delivers entrepreneurial experiential learning as well as a worldwide class whose alumni status is more than any individual university (if you have ever been to mit you will know there is a square mile walk at university gate of future businesses of every tech sort under the sun); at tsinghua its 9 square miles of entrepreneur hubs including AI avenue- kai-fu lee (previously at google) explained how xi jinping sent an engineer to him for help on pilotining ai avenue- its now replicated at every major tech university in china- the west wont demand graduates apply AI to sdgs- asians linked in with spaces like tsinghua and schwarzman partners will
a twitter version of this book club is @globalgrameen/aschwarzman alumnisat.com on Twitter
scholars twitter is Schwarzman Scholars (@SchwarzmanOrg) | Twitter
previously part 1