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The AI Awakening: Implications for the Economy and Society (Spring 2023)

Econ 295 and CS323
Spring 2023
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:50pm

Erik Brynjolfsson (Stanford)


James Manyika (Google-Alphabet)

Sebastian Thrun (Stanford, Udacity)

Our economic institutions, organizations, and skills have not kept up with rapid advances in AI. In this growing gap lie many of society’s greatest challenges and opportunities. 

This course will explore how the advances in AI can and will transform our economy and society in the coming years. Each week, we will learn from frontier researchers and industry leaders in technology, economics, and business, read the relevant research, and discuss the implications. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in optional dinners with the speakers.

Speakers include Mira Murati, Jack Clark, Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Alexandr Wang, Condoleezza Rice, Bindu Reddy, Eric Schmidt, Mustafa Suleyman, Jeff Dean, and others to be announced.

Topics include foundation models/LLM/generative models; vision and robotics; work and employment; bias and explainability; AI and geopolitics; and a world without work.  

Requirements include a short memo based on the readings each week and a team project due at the end of the quarter. The course is not open to listeners or auditors; students must come fully prepared for each class. 

Application details
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Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), and director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. He also is the Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Professor by Courtesy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Department of Economics, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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