John Etchemendy

Director of the Human Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute (HAI).


English, Spanish


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Artificial IntelligenceArtificial intelligencePhilosophyrobotics

John Etchemendy is a renowned American philosopher, who advocates the development of artificial intelligence from a humanistic perspective, analyzing its potential benefits and dangers. John has an interesting trajectory as an academic, becoming the rector of Stanford University from 2000 to 2017. He currently co-directs at Stanford the Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) Institute, with former Google Vice President Fei-Fei Li.

As a lecturer, John Etchemendy addresses both the virtues and the threats of Artificial Intelligence, posing the impact it will have on the world we know and on humanity. His objective is to generate a debate on new technologies that is not monopolized by technicians, involving disciplines from the humanities, so that technological development is achieved that is not negligent to humanity. For John, artificial intelligence is no longer just a space for technology and computer science; it is a field that encompasses absolutely all intellectual disciplines.

The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) arises from the conviction that artificial intelligence, already an important part of our lives, will intervene in virtually all human activities in a short time and will supplant many of them sooner than we think. A working group is needed to enlighten everyone about the virtues and threats of artificial intelligence. The objective is to generate debates and studies that have sufficient academic and political authority to produce a kind of white book, which will help governments to take measures that will allow them to take advantage of the benefits of artificial intelligence without suffering its negative consequences. A project that has an advisory board that includes, among others, the founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman; the former president of Google, Eric Schmidt, and the former head of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer.

Etchemendy received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1982. She was on the faculty at Princeton University for two years before returning to Stanford in 1983. At Stanford, Professor Etchemendy was Director of the Center for the Study of Language and Information from 1990 to 1993, Senior Associate Dean of the Humanities from 1993 to 1997, and Rector from 2000 to 2017. He is the author or co-author of seven books and numerous articles on logic and has been co-editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic and a member of the editorial board of several other journals. His most famous book, The Concept of Logical Consequence, is considered by experts to be a masterpiece that challenges the logic imposed for centuries on the construction of language and the ordering of thought.

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