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The AI Awakening: Implications for the Economy and Society (Spring 2024)

Econ 295 and CS323
Spring 2024

Tuesdays, 4:30-5:50pm

Erik Brynjolfsson (Stanford)

Course Description

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.

In its inaugural run, the class hosted guest speakers including Mira Murati, Jack Clark, Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Alexandr Wang, Condoleezza Rice, Bindu Reddy, Eric Schmidt, Mustafa Suleyman, and Jeff Dean. View 2023 syllabus here.

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

Primarily for graduate students; advanced undergraduates considered.


Admission by application only. Primarily for Stanford graduate students from economics, GSB, and engineering (AI, CS, MS&E). Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2024, with priority to those received by March 8.

We expect to deliver admissions decisions by March 20.

Questions? Please contact James da Costa and Houda Nait El Barj.


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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