Schwarzman Scholars Hosts International Dialogue on Artificial Intelligence

Schwarzman Scholars yesterday hosted a high level international dialogue on artificial intelligence (AI), aimed at encouraging greater discourse and cooperation on complicated topics associated with the development of AI.

The event was held in conjunction with the release of the English language version of Tsinghua Universitys Chinese Institute for Science and Technology Policys Artificial Intelligence Development Report.

The report outlines Chinas AI development from four different perspectives: technological development, market applications, policy environment and social impact. It offers a multi-dimensional comparison between China and developed countries regarding AI development, and analyzes Chinas strengths, weaknesses and its position in the international AI competitive landscape.

Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to have served as the convening organization for this important international dialogue. I commend Dean Xue Lan on the release of his important report and thank the participants for their insightful comments and engagement, said Stephen A. Schwarzman, Founding Trustee of Schwarzman Scholars and Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone.

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Mr. Schwarzman continued: The implications and opportunities surrounding AI and technological change are far-reaching; I have seen firsthand their deep impact on a broad range of industries during my career in finance. We have a critical responsibility to make sure we equip the next generation of leaders with a better understanding of AI so they can best manage these issues in a way that ensures global prosperity.

Todays event, hosted at Schwarzman College, brought together leading experts from around the world to discuss and debate issues surrounding AI, including, Professor Xue Lan, Dean of Schwarzman Scholars and member of the National Strategic Consulting Committee for AI development; Dr. Zhou Ming, Vice President, Microsoft Research Asia and President, Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL); Dr. Chen Yangqiu, President & CEO, Hitachi (China) Research & Development Corporation; Dr. Tian Pengwei, Head of Research Group at Siemens Corporate Technology China; Cao Shenshen, Director of Industry Policy Department, Tencent; and George Huang, CHRO and Head of Global Business Development, SenseTime.

The report, which was initially published in Chinese in July of this year, aimed to address the definition of AI, its development, and its penetration into all aspects of society.

Highlights from the report include:

  • The top 3 countries for AI patenting activities are China, the US and Japan;
  • The US and China lead the world in terms of size of AI talent force;
  • Tsinghua University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have the largest global number of international AI specialists;
  • 53 percent of Chinas highly cited papers on AI were published through international collaboration;
  • Beijing hosts the largest number of AI companies in the world; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hangzhou are also in the top 20 globally;
  • AI courses are especially embraced by young people; an increasing amount are offered in universities and on online platforms.

Professor Xue Lan, Dean of Schwarzman Scholars, said, We are pleased to have various experts at Schwarzman College to share their insights into the development of AI and its impact on our future. We need to think early on about how to respond to the social, governance and ethical issues and challenges that lie ahead. In the area of AI and many other emerging technologies, there are many new opportunities for global collaboration. We need to find ways to build more platforms for global dialogue.

Todays event also reflects Mr. Schwarzmans broader efforts to spark dialogue and discussion on issues surrounding AI, most notably on the application of these technologies in an ethical way that benefits the public interest. Earlier this month, Harvard Business School (HBS) announced a $5 million gift from Mr. Schwarzman to support the development of case studies and other programming that explore the implications of AI on industries, business, and markets. This Schwarzman Research Fund will spur and extend the efforts of HBS faculty members across a range of disciplines who are researching and writing case studies on the use of AI.

About Schwarzman Scholars:

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship and is designed to prepare future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century. The vision of Schwarzman Scholars is to bring together the worlds best young minds to explore and understand the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to Chinas increasing importance as a global power, and to make them more effective as links between China and the rest of the world. Blackstone Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Stephen A. Schwarzman, has personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity. Schwarzman Scholars has already raised $578 million towards this $600 million goal. The endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Masters Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

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