Other Interesting Events

Here are posting for other events that might be of interest to you if you are taking CS181. Please note that these are not official class events. They are just other events we wanted to bring to your attention that have relation to topics we may be discussing in class.


CS21SI: AI for Social Good (apply by March 17)

CS21SI: AI for Social Good is a 2-unit student-taught class in which students learn about and apply cutting-edge artificial intelligence techniques to real-world social good spaces, such as healthcare, government, education, and the environment.

The course alternates between lectures on machine learning theory and discussions with invited speakers, who will challenge students to apply techniques in their social good domains. You can learn more about the class here.

Apply by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 17 here.


Feb. 28 @ 6:30pm: Ethical Hacking: Why the government needs you. Featuring Chris Lynch, Director of Defense Digital Services at the U.S. Pentagon.

Ethical Hacking: Why the government needs you. How students in tech can meaningfully apply their skills in public service. Featuring Chris Lynch, Director of Defense Digital Services at the U.S. Pentagon.

Thursday, February 28 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Cubberley Room 205A.

Brought to you by Stanford in Government, CS + Social Good, and the Center for Ethics in Society.


Feb. 22 @ 12noon: Forum for American Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) speaker panel featuring Professor Chris Painter and Professor Qiang Xiao

The Forum for American Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) is organizing a speaker panel featuring Professor Chris Painter and Professor Qiang Xiao on Friday (Feb 22), 12:00-1:30, with lunch provided. They are going to talk about how China uses AI for both domestic and international policy, such as the social credit system and its cybersecurity tactics. If you are interested in coming, please RSVP here.


Feb. 22 @ 11:30am: Mary Gray (Microsoft Research) -- When Social Media Companies, Research Ethics, and Human Rights Collide

As social media and other tech companies face serious ethical criticism - about privacy, algorithmic bias, emotional manipulation, and other concerns - this talk offers a new "human data research" paradigm for technology's next wave of social worlds. Most of these "ethical dilemmas" arise not because bad-intentioned actors, but because methods of investigation and innovation are pushed to capacity and failing us. For instance, traditional principles of human subject research aren't suited for online environments today, which are at once familiar software (like a spreadsheet), but also controlled settings (like a lab) and deeply social and dynamic (like a backyard BBQ). The path forward isn't in listing an abstract set of principles but hammering out a new, shared course of action that seeks to respect the rights/freedoms of individuals and society in these new online environments. Researchers and industry need to earn the public's trust in order to protect their own future as investigators of the human experience.

Mary Gray is a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research. She maintains a faculty position in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology, Gender Studies and the Media School, at Indiana University. She trained in anthropology before earning her PhD in Communication from the University of California at San Diego in 2004, under the direction of sociologist Susan Leigh Star. Mary is a leading expert in the emerging field of AI and ethics, particularly research methods at the intersections of computer and social sciences.

Mary currently sits on the Executive Board of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) and Stanford University's "One-Hundred-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence" (AI100) Standing Committee, commissioned to reflect on the future of AI and recommend directions for its policy implications.

February 22, 11:30am-12:30pm
Gates B01
Click here for more information.


Feb. 14 @ 4:30pm: Artificial Intelligence: A Deep and Reality-Based Conversation About Human Intelligence and Consciousness with Krista Tippett, Jerry Kaplan, and Mehran Sahami

Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award winning broadcaster, National Humanities Medalist, and New York Times bestselling author. She founded and leads The On Being Project, hosts the On Being public radio show and podcast, and curates the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. The Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Program is a 10-week residency that brings to Stanford prominent individuals whose lives and careers have had significant public impact and who have distinguished themselves in one or more forms of public service.

February 14, 4:30-6pm
Tresidder Union Oak West conference room
459 Lagunita Drive
Click here to RSVP.


Feb. 23 @ 10am: SIG / SIEPR Policy Hackathon - Criminal Justice Reform

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, in partnership with Stanford in Government, is excited to announce Stanford's second Policy Hackathon. This competition, open to undergraduate and coterm students across Stanford University, is intended to foster data-driven policy innovation on key economic issues. Students will collaborate to tackle a pressing policy issue using public data sets and resources. Proposals will be judged by an expert panel including representatives from State Government, the business community, and Stanford faculty.

The winning team will receive a $5,000 prize from SIEPR.

The deadline to register is February 15th, 2019. Students will form multidisciplinary teams of 3-5. Mentors will be available the week before to help students tackle datasets, prepare pitch decks, and prepare presentations. You may register with your team members or as an individual. Individuals will be matched to teams by SIG and SIEPR. If you would like to participate, please complete the form below. More information regarding judges and topic to be released soon.

February 23, 2018 from 10am-8 pm
Gunn/SIEPR Building
366 Galvez St
Click here to learn more.


Feb. 14 @ 9am: AI, Humanities & the Arts Workshop

This one-day workshop brings together colleagues from the new Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) initiative, the Humanities, and the Arts to advance new configurations of world-class scholarship. The day will showcase collaborations between researchers who are pioneering works at the vanguard of AI, the humanities, and the arts. The finale will invite participants to highlight 5 grand collaborative social challenges for HAI.

For more information on the schedule and speakers click here.

To attend RSVP here.


Jan. 30 @ 5pm: Re-Engineering Humanity - Evening Book talk with Brett Frischmann

Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us. All the while, a more immediate dilemma flies under the radar. Have forces been unleashed that are thrusting humanity down an ill-advised path, one that's increasingly making us behave like simple machines?

In this wide-reaching, interdisciplinary book, Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger examine what's happening to our lives as society embraces big data, predictive analytics, and smart environments. They explain how the goal of designing programmable worlds goes hand in hand with engineering predictable and programmable people. Detailing new frameworks, provocative case studies, and mind-blowing thought experiments, Frischmann and Selinger reveal hidden connections between fitness trackers, electronic contracts, social media platforms, robotic companions, fake news, autonomous cars, and more. This powerful analysis should be read by anyone interested in understanding exactly how technology threatens the future of our society, and what we can do now to build something better.

We invite you to this evening reception + book talk with one of the authors, Brett Frischmann. Frischmann is The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics at Villanova University. He is also an affiliated scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a trustee for the Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Politecnico di Torino. He has published foundational books on the relationships between infrastructural resources, governance, commons, and spillovers, including Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources (2012), Governing Knowledge Commons (2014, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg), and Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge University Press 2017, with Michael Madison and Katherine Strandburg)

Wednesday - January 30, 2019
5:00pm Reception - Manning Faculty Lounge
6:00pm Book Talk - Room 290
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Everyone is welcome to attend.
RSVP required for this free event at this link.


Jan. 16 @ 5pm: Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age

The Project on Democracy and the Internet would like to invite you to our upcoming event Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age for a panel discussion and Q and A with members of the Kofi Annan Commission Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age, moderated by Professor Frank Fukuyama. The panel will explore the challenges to electoral integrity arising from the global spread of digital technologies and social media platforms, policy measures that can address these challenges, and opportunities that technological innovation offers for strengthening electoral integrity and political participation.

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Koret-Taube Conference Center, Gunn-SIEPR
For more information and to RSVP, click here.


Jan. 10 @ 5:30pm: Basic Income Illusions with philosophers Debra Satz and Lucas Stanczyk

Please join us on Thursday, Jan. 10th at 5:30pm for a conversation about universal basic income. Debra Satz and Lucas Stanczyk will focus on the limitations of unconditional cash transfers as a response to poverty, unemployment and inequality. The conversation will be moderated by Margaret Levi (Stanford, CASBS).

Basic Income Illusions
Public Event: 5:30pm
Location: Law School, Room 190